Waterlily Vase - Art by Otto Eckmann
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Otto Eckmann
Waterlily Vase

1900

About

While there may have been no love lost for his early paintings, Eckmann had an endless fascination for the decorative potential of undulating water. The open spaces created by the metalwork cutouts at the neck and the base of the mount relate to this exploration and the profound influence the Japanese aesthetic played on his work. Prominently marked on either side of the metal mount with his artist’s cypher, these shapes connect to an earlier color woodblock print Eckmann made in 1895 entitled, “Three Swans on Dark Water,” which had catapulted him to artistic renown. Here, Eckmann fully realizes this theme in his preferred media, the Applied Arts. Against the vase, the cutouts lend contrast between the heavy-textured leafy metal mount and the supple red-flecked moss green and aqua blue glazed porcelain, creating an evocation of water. Eckmann’s Waterlily vase is not only a stunning example of his signature style; Eckmann’s Waterlily vase is a Jugendstil icon. OTTO ECKMANN (1865-1902) Exuding the boundless energy of the Munich art scene in the 1890’s, Eckmann was literally the face of the Jugendstil movement. He created the Eckmann Type for the Karl Klingspor printers in Offenbach, a popular typeface of the day, and his illustrated work graced the cover of the art periodical, Jugend, 5 times. The swan, a favorite and recurring image which Eckmann employed in tapestries, textiles and prints, came to be the symbol of Jugendstil, itself. His career may have begun as a painter; however, by 1894 Eckmann swore off this artistic tie in order to fully embrace the Applied Arts by auctioning off every one of his paintings. In an accompanying letter to the auctioneer - no doubt typed using Eckmann typeface - his sentiments which he expressed for his paintings were “may we never meet again.” Eckmann’s output ran the gamut of the Applied Arts: from tapestries; color woodcuts for which he cut his own blocks and made his own inks; stained glass; jewelry; metal and silver objects; to furniture; designs for women’s fashion; book design and ceramics.

Details

  • Artist
    Otto Eckmann (1865 - 1902, German)
  • Creation Year
    1900
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
    Jugendstil
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Otto Eckmann artist cipher incised in bronze mount.
  • Dimensions
    H 20.5 in. x W 11 in. x D 5.5 in.H 52.07 cm x W 27.94 cm x D 13.97 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    LU46731348323
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