Sergius HRUBY (Vienna 1869 - Vienna 1943)
A Young Woman Contemplating a Portrait: Design for a Poster or Advertisement
Gouache and watercolour, with touches of gold, over a pencil underdrawing.
Signed HRUBY at the lower right.
405 x 281 mm. (15 7/8 x 11 1/8 in.) [sheet]
An accomplished decorative artist and painter, Segius Hruby also worked extensively as a graphic designer and illustrator, regularly contributing to the satirical weekly magazine Die Muskete - which devoted a special issue to Hruby’s work in November 1927 - between 1925 and 1933, as well as the magazine Faun. The present sheet, a design for a poster or advertisement, would seem to be datable to around 1900, when the artist was particularly influenced by the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil aesthetic. Hruby designed similar posters during the same period, one of which was used to announce an exhibition of work by students at the Teplitz school in 1900.