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Published on January 1st, 2017 | by Magda Michalska

New Year’s Greetings On Art Nouveau Cards

Back in the past people used to send not only Christmas cards but also greetings for New Year. Today we want to follow this old tradition and send you a couple of classy Art Nouveau cards designed by an Austrian illustrator and painter- Raphael Kirchner.

Raphael Kirchner, Happy New Year, 1899

Raphael Kirchner, Happy New Year, 1899

Kirchner was born in Vienna in 1876 and graduated from the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts. He was a portrait painter, an illustrator but he gained most recognition as a postcard designer. In 1900 he moved to Paris where he spent 14 years. At the outbreak of the Great War he moved to the United States where he lived until his death in 1917.

Raphael Kirchner, Happy New Year, 1899

Raphael Kirchner, Happy New Year, 1899

If you’re wondering why this sledge is pulled by pigs: in Germanic cultures pigs symbolized prosperity, wealth and good fortune. In Germany people used to give each other marzipan pigs as gifts on New Year’s Eve.

Raphael Kirchner, Happy New Year, 1899

Raphael Kirchner, Happy New Year, 1899

In a couple of years, according to Chinese Calendar, year 2019 will be the Year of the Pig. Year 2017 will be the Year of the Rooster.

Raphael Kirchner, Happy New Year, 1899

Raphael Kirchner, Happy New Year, 1899

No matter what animal, zodiac, number accompanies this new year, we hope that it’s going to be a year full of art and inspiration. Explore and create, all the best!

Raphael Kirchner, Happy New Year, 1899

Raphael Kirchner, Happy New Year, 1899

 


About the Author

Magda, an art historian-to-be, she writes about art because she cannot make it herself. She loves committed and political artists like Ai Wei Wei or the Futurists; like Joseph Beuys she believes that art can change us and we can change the world.



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