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Ver Sacrum, Issue 21

Ver Sacrum was the official magazine of the Vienna Secession movement. 

A collection of artworks and writings from poets, artists, and authors, these issues exemplify a key concept of the movement known as “Gesamtkunstwerk” or “total work of art.”

The spread above features a vivid design by artist Alfred Roller and a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke entitled “In Herbstlichen Alleen” or “In Autumnal Avenues.” Ver Sacrum was a huge influence on European graphic design at the time.

Page through the vivid designs in Issue 21 for free from the Heidelberg University here.


This week’s pick from the Getty Research Portal, a one-stop shop for public domain art history books.

In honor of Beethoven’s birthday, enjoy this poster created by graphic designer Alfred Roller at the turn of the century. Roller was a member of the Vienna Secession, a group of young architects, designers and artists (including Gustav Klimt) committed to the unification of art forms. 

[Alfred Roller. Secession XIV, Beethoven (Poster for the 14th Secession exhibition, Vienna). 1902. The Museum of Modern Art, New York]