[Lefler, Heinrich- Original Watercolor Painting] For Unpublished Songbook
by [Lefler, Heinrich]
225 x 390 mm, c. 1910. Superb watercolor illustration for a projected book of German Songs by one of the greatest Austrian illustration artists and pioneers in Jugendstil and decorative illustration of the Vienna Secession, Heinrich Lefler (1863-1919), "Das Wiedgenlied" [The Lullaby], ca. 1908, printed in pencil at the lower right, with also: "G.R.B.S... G." And some printer's cross-hatch notation in pencil at each side of the image. The painting depicts an a woman cradling an infant, sitting next to a crib. The door is open and what appears to be the grandfather peering in. Highly decorative border surrounding and a part of the composition, as is Lefler's prominent style. Matted on a larger sheet, with Windsor & Newton blindstamp at lower left. Signed and titled lower right by Lefler. Like several other (at least three) similar paintings which have showed up in the past 3-5 years, this watercolor by Lefler depict songs/fables suggesting most probably a proposed follow-up for the famed "Kling Klang Gloria," which included also illustrations by Lefler's brother-in-law Joseph Urban. Fine condition. (Inventory #: 3089)
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