Adolf Wölfli was born in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. At the age
of seven he was abandoned by his father. The boy remained alone with his
mother for two years, before being placed in peasant families where he
worked as a goatherd and farmhand. Later he became a woodcutter, then a
labourer. A few years afterwards Wölfli was arrested for indecent
exposure and imprisoned for two years. On his release, he committed the
offence again and in 1899 was admitted to the hospital in Waldau, near
Bern, where he stayed until he died.
Adolf Wölfli started to draw,
write and compose music at the age of 35. His output was colossal. It
included 25,000 pages strewn with graphic compositions done with
crayons, but also collages, literary creations and musical scores. In
his drawings, figures whose eyes are surrounded by a mask are combined
with musical notes, snippets of text and brightly coloured shapes. The
ornamental elements have both a decorative and a rhythmic function.
Italy, c.25 April 1945: these commandos showing off captured weapons - including a Panzerfaust and a Beretta SMG - are from the Half-Troop raised in Italy by Normandy veterans of No.3 Tp and attached to 2nd Cdo Bde at Lake Commachio. Kneeling on the right is Pte ‘Allan White’ (Adolf Weiss). Born in Berlin to Jewish Polish parents who moved to England in 1939, he enlisted into the Pioneer Corps in 1944 and transferred to 5th Bn The Buffs, serving in Italy before volunteering for the Half-Troop in April 1945.
Photo & caption featured in Osprey Elite • 142 No.10 (Inter-Allied) Commando 1942-45 Britain’s Secret Commando by Nick van der Bijl BEM
Hey ! Do you have any artists that inspire you ? Love your blog !
Sure I do! There great amount of artists who inspire me, lots of guys here on tumblr, lot of classical sculptors and painters, lot of comics artists and mangakas but I guess that my biggest inspirators are illustrators and animators, like Jiří Trnka (who I adore immensely ♥), Adolf Born, Zdeněk Miler, Cyril Bouda, Miroslav Šašek or Tove Jansson :)
Wittgenstein Vitrine (for the 1908 Kunstschau) Designer: carl otto czeschka (Austrian, 1878 - 1960) Maker: wiener werkstätte (vienna workshops) (Austrian, 1903 - 1932) Maker: josef berger Maker: adolf erbrich (Austrian, Born 1874) Maker: alfred mayer Maker: wabak Maker: albrecht Maker: plasinsky Maker: cerhan Maker: josef hoszfeld (Austrian, 1869 - 1918) Date: 1908 Dimensions: Vitrine (with base): 66 ¼ × 24 × 12 5/8 in. (1 m 68.28 cm × 60.96 cm × 32.07 cm) Original key: 1 × 2 ½ × ¼ in. (2.54 × 6.35 × 0.64 cm) Medium: silver, moonstone, opal, lapis lazuli, mother-of-pearl, baroque pearls, onyx, ivory, enamel, glass, and ebony veneers (replaced) Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc. Copyright Image: courtesy Dallas Museum of Art Accession Number: 2013.31.A-E.McD
Description and images from the Dallas Museum of Art “The monumental vitrine, or display cabinet, is the largest and most lavish example of the silverwork of the Wiener Werkstätte known. A masterpiece of early 20th-century design, it weighs over two hundred pounds and is made of solid silver encrusted with enamel, pearls, opal, and other stones, attached to an ebony-veneered base.
Designed by Werkstätte member Carl Otto Czeschka and presented at the 1908 Vienna Kunstschau (Art Show), this work marks an important moment in the development of Viennese design. A talented artist and designer, Czeschka joined the Vienna Secession in 1900 and, in 1902, began teaching drawing at the city’s Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts). In 1904, he joined the Werkstätte, where he produced designs for their first postcards in 1905 and subsequently a host of objects, from furnishings to jewelry. His work in the graphic arts, including illustrations for "Die Nibelungen” (1909), reflected his artistic development in all media, including silverwork. The vitrine’s dominant motifs—a pair of sentinel-like caryatids or knights and the dominant bird and grapevine fretwork that wraps the case—are frequently reoccurring themes in his oeuvre. Favoring opulent decoration over a nonetheless architectural structure, this work expresses the Werkstätte’s ultimate embrace of a richly ornamental and symbolic aesthetic paralleling the work of famed Secessionist artist and Czeschka associate Gustav Klimt.
The vitrine was purchased by Karl Wittgenstein (1847–1913), a Viennese iron and steel magnate and the leader of one of the most powerful families in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Wittgenstein’s support had enabled the construction of Vienna’s Secession building in 1898. With brother Paul’s encouragement, the family engaged in a series of artistic and architectural commissions in the following years, including paintings by Klimt and the remodeling and furnishing of a number of their homes by the Werkstätte. The vitrine, originally installed in the Red Salon of the family’s mansion on Vienna’s Alleegasse, remained with Wittgenstein descendants until 1949 and was subsequently held in two private collections until its acquisition by the Dallas Museum of Art in 2013.“ via: Dallas Museum of Art
Above video: The History and Conservation of the Wittgenstein Vitrine at the DMA (via: Dallas Museum of Art)
"The Dallas Museum of Art acquired in 2013 an exceptional silver vitrine originally owned by the Wittgenstein family of Vienna and designed by Carl Otto Czeschka (1878–1960) of the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshops). The DMA’s Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Kevin W. Tucker, and Associate Conservator of Objects at the DMA, Fran Baas, discuss the history of the 1908 silver masterpiece and the conservation of the Wittgenstein Vitrine at the DMA.”
15 Mind-Blowing Facts That You Should Read (Part 154)
1. Studies have shown that sandwiches do taste better when someone else makes them for you: when we make something ourselves, we tend to become desensitised to its smell, which decreases our response towards it.
2. Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler were born 129 years apart, came into power 129 years apart, and declared war on Russia 129 years apart.
3. Owing to their mixed-race parentage, twins Maria and Lucy Aylmer look completely unlike one another, down to their skin tone.
4. A hospital billed a family nearly $474,000 for a four-day treatment, including a $12 charge for each of the little paper cups that holds the patient’s pills.
5. One of the reasons your lungs feel refreshed when walking through a pine forest is because of an anti-inflammatory compound called…
Oddly, Adolf Hitler was born on the 6th of June 1906, making his birthday read 06/06/06, mimicking the Biblical number of the Beast; 666. Christian scholars have suggested that this was a warning sign for the horrible atrocities Hitler would later be responsible for.
history channel a few years ago: Adolf Hitler was born on 20 April 1889 at the Gasthof zum Pommer, an inn located at Salzburger Vorstadt 15, Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary, a town on the border with Bavaria, Germany. He was the fourth of six children to Alois Hitler and Klara Pölzl (1860–1907). Hitler’s older siblings—Gustav, Ida, and Otto—died in infancy. When Hitler was three, the family moved to Passau, Germany. There he –