Ski Pioneer Matthias Zdarsky Autograph. Scarce. CoA

Matthias Zdarsky, Ski Pioneer. Scarce. CoA

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Matthias Zdarsky, card with autograph. Selfmade with magazine-snippet on cardboard, signed by Matthias Zdarsky.

3,5 x 5,5 inches. (9 x 14 cm). Fine condition.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Mathias Zdarsky (1856 -1940) was an early ski pioneer and is considered one of the founders of modern Alpine skiing technique. He was probably Austria’s first ski instructor. He was also a teacher, painter and sculptor.

Inspired by Norway’s Fridtjof Nansen’s 1888 crossing of Greenland, he adapted skis for use on alpine terrain. In 1890 he developed a steel binding (the “Lilienfelder Stahlsohlenbindung”), which made steep mountain slopes and gate runs possible.

In January 1905, Zdarsky demonstrated the first steep downhill descent. To show the superiority of his ski technology, he skied the “Breite Ries” at Schneeberg, Austria. On 19 March 1905 he organized the first alpine ski race (on the Muckenkogel via Lilienfeld, Austria).

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Alfred Hrdlicka Autograph Folder and Foto CoA

Alfred Hrdlicka: Hand signed invitation of Ernst Hilger Gallery for an exhibition in 1998.

Additional folder for invitation to join his burial at Wiener Zentralfriedhof in 2009 (scarce).

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Additional photo print with a biography of the artist at reverse.

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The folders are ca. 21 x 15 cm, all in very good condition.

Alfred Hrdlicka (1928 – 2009) war ein österreichischer Bildhauer, Zeichner, Maler, Grafiker und Schriftsteller.

Alfred Hrdlicka (1928 – 2009) was an Austrian sculptor, draughtsman, painter and artist. His surname is sometimes written Hrdlička.

Hrdlicka studied painting until 1952 at the Akademie der bildenden Künste under Albert Paris Gütersloh and Josef Dobrowsky. Afterwards he studied sculpture until 1957 under Fritz Wotruba. In 1960 he had his first exhibition in Vienna; in 1964 he attained international attention as a representative of Austria at the Venice Biennale, Italy.

In 2008, his new religious work about the Apostles, Religion, Flesh and Power, attracted criticism about its homoerotic theme. The exhibition was housed in the museum of the St. Stephen’s Cathedral of Vienna. He taught many sculptors, such as Hans Sailer, Angela Laich and others.

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Magda and Romy Schneider Autograph. CoA

Magda and Romy Schneider Autograph. CoA

Romy Schneider and Magda Schneider: Early, hand-signed postcard. Signed by Romy Schneider and her mother Magda Schneider.

The Autograph is 4,1 x 5,8 inches . Some wear, 2 small tears at right margin.

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Romy Schneider (23 September 1938 – 29 May 1982) was an Austrian-born German film actress who also held French citizenship.
Schneider’s breakthrough came with her portrayal of Elisabeth, Empress Consort of Austria, in the romantic biopic Sissi (1955) and its two sequels, Sissi – The Young Empress (1956) and Sissi – Fateful Years of an Empress (1957), all with Karlheinz Boehm, who became a close friend.

Less stereotypical films during this busy period include Robinson soll nicht sterben (The Legend of Robinson Crusoe) (1957) putting her among a stellar cast and opposite a young Horst Buchholz, and Monpti (1957), directed by Helmut Kaeutner and again opposite Buchholz.

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Tenor Fritz Duettbernd. Scarce Autograph on Photo. 1917

Tenor Fritz Duettbernd. Scarce Autograph on Photo. 1917

Tenor Fritz Duettbernd autograph

Tenor Fritz Duettbernd (aka Duttbernd): b/w portrait photo with long dedication and signature, written with white ink in 1917.

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3,45 x 5,4 inches, fine condition.

Tenor Duttbernd is especially known for his recording of Hindemith, Weill: Der Lindberghflug ( Berlin Radio Orchestra and chorus 1930) under conductor Hermann Scherchen.

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Otto Muehl Autograph on Photo, CoA

 

Otto Muehl Autograph on 8 x 6 Photo, CoA

 

Otto Muehl autograph
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Otto Muehl: b/w photo of the controversial artist of Viennese Actionism, hand-signed.

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20,2 x 15,2 cm, very good condition.

Otto Muehl ( 1925 – 2013) was an Austrian artist, who was known as one of the co-founders as well as a main participant of Viennese Actionism and for founding the Friedrichshof Commune.

In 1943, Muehl had to serve in the German Wehrmacht. There he registered for officer training. He was promoted to lieutenant and in 1944 he took part on infantry battles in the course of the Ardennes Offensive.

After the war, he studied teaching German and History, and Pedagogy of Art at the Wiener Akademie der bildenden Kuenste.

In 1972 he founded the Friedrichshof Commune, which has been viewed by some as an authoritarian sect, and that existed for several years before falling apart in the 1990s. In 1991, Muehl was convicted of sexual offences with minors and drugs offences and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment. He was released in 1997, after serving six and a half years, and set up a smaller commune in Portugal. After his release, he also published his memoirs from the prison (Aus dem Gefaengnis).


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Wiener Werkstaette Postcard by Urban Janke. Wien: Die Michaelerkirche

 

Wiener Werkstaette Postcard. Wien: Die Michaelerkirche

 

Wiener Werkstätte Postcard

Lithographed Wiener Werkstaette Postcard. Wien: Die Michaelerkirche. ( St. Michael’s Church )
W.W: Wien Nr. 140 ( Imprint in yellow at the back side ). Lithograph.
Sent to Mrs. Helene Hesshaimer, Kronstadt (the wife of the famous Ludwig Hesshaimer).
There is a nearly invisible 1 cm cut at the lover edge, corners slightly knocked, but no creasing.

Litho WW 134 Urban Janke.


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Adolf von Sonnenthal Autograph, hand written Letter. COA

Adolf von Sonnenthal Autograph, hand written Card. COA

 

Adolf von Sonnenthal: hand-written letter (card) with ten lines and signature Sonnenthal.

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Adolf von Sonnenthal (1834-1909), Austrian actor, was born of Jewish parentage in Budapest.

He made his first appearance at Temesvar in 1851, and after engagements at Hermannstadt and Graz came in the winter of 1855-1856 to Koenigsberg in Prussia. His first performance was so successful that he was engaged by Heinrich Laube for the Burgtheater in Vienna, making his first appearance as Mortimer in Schiller’s Maria Stuart.

Under Laube’s careful tuition he developed within three years into an actor of the first order, excelling both in tragedy and comedy; and in 1882, after twenty-five years of brilliant service at the Court Theatre, he was given a patent of nobility.

In 1884 he became manager-in-chief of the theatre; and in 1887-1888 acted as artistic advisor. He visited the United States in 1885, and again in 1899 and 1902, achieving great success.

His chief parts were Nathan in Lessing’s Nathan der Weise, Wallenstein, and Der Meister von Palmyra.


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Markus Prachensky Autograph

Markus Prachensky Autograph on 8 x 6 Photo, CoA

Markus Prachensky autograph
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Markus Prachensky: b/w photo of the artist in front of one of his paintings; hand-signed with green pen.

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Markus Prachensky (1932 -2011) was an Austrian painter and graphic artist of the Informalism.

In 1956 Prachensky, along with Wolfgang Hollegha, Josef Mikl and Arnulf Rainer, founded the artist association „Galerie naechst St. Stephan“.

In 1957 this group had an important exhibition at the Wiener Secession and Prachensky beacme member of the Secession. From 1983 till his retirement in 2000 he held a post as professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste Wien. Prachensky is considered as one of the most important artist of the Austrian Avantgarde and of the Informalism in Austria.

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