Illustrations from a collection of fairytales, which were originally published around 1904 by German publisher “Scholz Verlag”, and have been reprinted by “Verlag Neues Berlin” in 1981.
Heinrich Lefler (1863-1919) and his brother-in-law, Joseph Urban (1872-1933) are Austrian artists associated with the Golden Age of Illustration - they are particularly linked with the Jungendstil movement (the German variant of Art Nouveau).
Although Urban was born in Vienna, Austria, he died in New York City. Not only was he known as a children’s book illustrator, he was also trained as an architect and was known also for his theatrical design. He immigrated to the United States in 1912 to become the art director of the Boston Opera Company. Two years later he moved to New York where he designed productions for the Ziegfeld Follies and the Metropolitan Opera.
William Randolph Hearst was an important client and supporter. Most of Urban’s architectural work in the United States has been demolished, with the exceptions of Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida and The New School and the base of The Hearst Tower in New York City.
The color gel Urban Blue (Roscolux #81) is named for him.