Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Artist Signed Postcards: R.R. WICHERA
Some artists who contributed to the Golden Age of Postcards are unknown to us. There is little or no information on their lives or careers.
This post introduces postcard images by Raimund Ritter von Brennerstein Wichera who was called the "king of the Viennese school" because he was the court painter of emperor Franz II and his family.
Born in 1862, Wichera became famous for his still-life, nude and portrait paintings. He also designed in silver and painted hunting scenes. During his lifetime, he served as president of the Vienna Old Masters' Guild, taught at the Academy of Fine Arts and raised a son, Maximilian Schurmann, who also became a famed painter. Wichera died in Vienna in 1925.
From an online biography: "Secession as an imaginative creativity looked for its symbols in nature. It preferred a more natural movement and a graphic, decorative style. The work of more painters of secession was the celebration of life, nature, but most of all the woman."
In early postcards, Wichera demonstrated his artistic strength by portraying beautiful women in fashionable outfits. All but the last of the postcards here are undivided back flat designs published by M.M. Vienne.
His signature is unmistakable:
Some of Wichera's postcards have color added, while others are black/white. Here are two flirtatious ladies scattering flowers from their automobile. As is sometimes the case, the signature here at the lower left is faint. If you are interested in collecting Wichera postcards, you may need to look carefully through items sorted under other headings.
Here's a black/white image of ladies decorating a Christmas tree with a kitten standing by. The woman on the right looks over her shoulder at us with a coy smile.
On this postcard, the sender has signed the front of the postcard since only the address was allowed on the back. It is postmarked 1904.
This post closes with an unsigned image I believe to be a Wichera - there is no publisher given on the back, so it may have been pirated. The back is blank without postcard printing. The sender used it in 1909 as an Easter greeting.
Wichera's artwork fits neatly into the early Vienne style of postcards, showing elegant women and couples wearing fashionable clothing. If you like Wichera images, you may like other Vienne postcards, too.