Design sketches at least partially colored in by Austrian creative genius Koloman Moser (1868-1918). Some turned into something . . . .others left resting in the back of the drawer for me to show to you . . .

Textile design  4418. `1902.
Design 4418. 1902. Made for the textile manufacturer Joh. Backhausen & Söhne. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Koloman_Moser_%E2%80%93_Dessin_4418.svg.
Post card design made for  Ver Sacrum. 1898.
Post card design made for Ver Sacrum. 1898. Source zeller.de. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Koloman_Moser_Postkarte_Ver_Sacrum_1898.jpg.
"Lindenbüten." 1898.
“Lindenbüten.” 1898. Design for upholstery fabric.. Made for Backhausen to be used in the Hotel Bristol in Bolzano. Pencil and watercolor on paper. Archives of Fa. Backhausen Interior Textiles. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kolo_Moser_-_Lindebl%C3%BCten_-_1898.jpeg.
Poster sketch. ca. 1904.
Poster sketch. ca 1904. Done for the Wiener Werkstätte. Pencil and gouache on paper. Collection of the Leopold Museum, Vienna. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kolo_Moser_-_Plakatentwurf_-_ca1904.jpeg
Design for a 50 kronen bank note. 1902.
Design for a 50 kronen bank note. 1902. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Österreichische Nationalbank, Geldmuseum. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kolo_Moser_-_50_Kronen-Banknote_-_1902.jpeg.

All artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years.

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Seldom seen landscapes by early African American artist Robert Seldon Duncanson (1821-1872). Well known in his time but then forgotten. Self taught but considered a second generation of the Hudson River School which explains their bucolic serenity.

"Scots Highlands." ca. 1848-52.
“Scots Highlands.” ca. 1848-52. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:RobertDuncanson-Scotch_Highlands_c1848_1852.jpg.
"Mount Oxford." mid 19th c.
“Mount Oxford.” mid 19th c. Oil on canvas. In the public domain in the United States because it was painted before 1923. via https://it.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Robert_Scott_Duncanson,_Mount_Oxford.jpg
"Loch Long." 1865.
“Loch Long.” 1865. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Smithsonian Art Museum. Cc 0 license. via https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q20487956
"Land of the Lotos Eaters." 1861.
“Land of the Lotos Eaters.” 1861. Oil on canvas. Swedish Royal Collection, Stockholm. In the public domain in the United States because it was painted before 1923. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Robert_Duncanson_-_Land_of_the_Lotos_Eaters.JPG.
"Woodland Stream, an Idyll." ca. 1865.
“Woodland Stream, an Idyll.” ca. 1865. Collection of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Woodland_Stream,_an_Idyll_by_Robert_S._Duncanson,_c._1865,_High_Museum_of_Art.jpg.

More fiery images from the Hawaiian Volcano School . . .a not very organized group who were as free form as the lava they painted as long as it was red and lighting up the sky. . . .

"Kilauea by Night." 1842.
“Kilauea by Night.” 1842. American. Oil on canvas. Titian Ramsay Peale (1799-1885). Collection of the Bishop Museum, Honolulu. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27Kilauea_by_Night%27,_oil_on_canvas_painting_by_Titian_Ramsay_Peale,_1842.jpg. Artwork in the public domain. 
"Volcanic Eruption on the Sea at Night." Undated.
“Volcanic Eruption on the Sea at Night.” Undated. American. Pastel on canvas. Charles Furneaux, artist (1835-1913). Private collection. via  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27Volcanic_Eruption_on_the_Sea_at_Night%27_by_Charles_Furneaux,_pastel_.JPG Date Source Google images Author Charles Furneaux. Artwork in the public domain.
"Kilauea Caldera by Night." Early 20th c.
“Kilauea Caldera by Night.” Early 20th c. Japanese. Oil on canvas. Attributed to Ogura Yonesuke Itoh. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27Kilauea_Caldera_by_Night%27_attributed_to_Ogura_Yonesuke_Itoh.JPG. Image in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 75 years ago. 
"Halemaumau, Lake of Fire." 1888.
“Halemaumau, Lake of Fire.” 1888. American. Oil on board. Location not known. D. Howard Hitchcock, artist (1861–1943). via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:David_Howard_Hitchcock%27s_oil_painting_%27Halemaumau,_Lake_of_Fire%27,_1888.jpg. Artwork in the public domain because the artist died over 70 years ago.
"Kilauea." Undated.
“Kilauea.” Undated. American. Oil on panel. Charles Furneaux, artist (1835-1913). Image source Christie’s, Los Angeles. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charles_Furneaux_-_oil_on_panel,_13.5_x_19.9_in,_%27Kilauea%27.jpg . This artwork is in the public domain in the United States because the artist died in 1913.
"Hale Mau Mau." Early 20th c.
“Hale Mau Mau.” Early 20th c. Japanese. Oil on canvas. Ogura Yonesuke Itoh, artist (1870-1940). Collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27Hale_Mau_Mau%27,_oil_on_canvas_painting_by_Ogura_Yonesuke_Itoh,_early_20th_century,_HAA.jpg. Image in the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 75 years ago.

An envisioning . . . . fall afternoon after school in 1931 when Mother got arrested with whiskey in the bottom of the baby carriage

Oh to be there.

Somewhere on the edge of Boston as the leaves fall off the trees and the fathers build mounds of them in the driveways with the biggest heaps of all in the park to be turned into bonfires for Halloween.

Twigs to kick at on the way home from school and races to the corner. Homework in the kitchen but with the table pulled over the trapdoor in the floor.

The railroad not hiring but not mattering much. No, a special carpenter from somewhere in South Boston that knows not to tell. A special wall in the cellar with cases from that cousin up in Canada reaching up to the little windows that you have to be barely able to walk to peek into.

Bottles to unpack and straw that makes you sneeze. Sheets draped over Sunday clothes when a Saturday night shipment comes in. Having to be ready to be delivered Monday and Mass to go to. No one to really ask but a need to be careful. The priest getting three fifths a month but still.

Little sister sworn to silence and the nuns at the school not asking. But the straw burned. Too much to be put in the rubbish can and lugged out into the street.

Only an hour in the beginning but Mother at it for five years and two more babies needing to be fed. No, up before dawn now and everyone helping.

A few raids but nothing more. The wall with its coal dust blended in across the bead and board done perfectly. Cost a fortune but no matter. Twenty police and no one could tell.

New customers down past the hospital and things likely to chink. Bottom of the baby carriage underneath the baby. Two blankets so they don’t roll around and mother with the little ones starting out. But oh no . . . . . .someone having told . . . .the police coming out like honey bees out of a hive . . . . .

 

This is not my story though it happened in my neighborhood. A co- worker I had where I worked in my twenties had a grandmother, a mother of nine, who rode out Prohibition in fine form by starting up a whiskey distribution business out of her house after her husband lost her job. . . . did very well but was forever bored once Prohibition ended. . .. in her later years she was given to denial, but her children remembered all too clearly when Mother got raided . . . .

Motor officers, Police Headquarters, Salt Lake City Utah. Early 20th c.
Motor officers, Police Headquarters, Salt Lake City Utah. Early 20th c. via slcpd.com. Image in the public domain due to being taken before 1926.

 

 

 

Landscapes of Scottish places by Pre Raphaelite hopeful William Bell Scott (1811-1890). Friend to some of its leading lights . . . .settling for painting these instead . . .lacked that dreamscape and glitter touch on the canvas I guess. . .

"Ailsa Craig." 1860.
“Ailsa Craig.” 1860. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Yale Center for British Art. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Bell_Scott_-_Ailsa_Craig_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg.
"Dawn over the Sea." Undated.
“Dawn over the Sea.” Undated. Location unknown. via https://www.oceansbridge.com/shop/artists/s/sci-seg/scott-william-bell/dawn-over-the-sea.
Gloaming_BellScott
“The Gloaming” (A Manse garden in Berwickshire). ca. 1860. Location not known via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gloaming_BellScott.jpg.

All works in the public domain due to age.

An envisioning . . . . . .Rotterdam in the cold and raw of January in 1960 . .

Oh to be there . . . . .

Sunday afternoon to while away in the Netherlands with an ocean storm settling in. Friends from school and a cousin from out of town.

The rijsttafel earlier than usual and all the grownups sitting around stuffed downstairs with glasses of something.

Not quite glued to the sofa but close. No, upstairs maybe but two feet on each step and a racket that would make every rafter shiver.

Time to look through all the old things in the attic from when Mother lived in Java in the old residency up in the hills before the last war came and went with the Japanese and they had to leave. For sure everything shaking so much if they came up that one could take out the old things to play pretend fairy queen in five seconds.

A green sarong thing and then a red. Funny. Wouldn’t have thought they’d buy those. Must have been intended for Christmas presents for anyone who’d never been near the place.

Baskets made from palm fronds with a dusky smell.

Nutmegs with the mace still on in a china mug like the one Mother has hidden in the pantry behind the flour and sugar. A memory thing, they must be. Warmth, a tropical sun, and everything different.

Down at the very bottom and a parcel. A picture with writing on the back in great grandmother’s hand . . . .their honeymoon hotel. . .. . the room by the green door in the picture, it says . . . .Funny. .. looking so old and stern in the pictures but young and gay then . . . .no . . .a world filled with sunlight and joy and a servant around every corner . . . .home . . .must have thought they would never have to leave . . . .

Marine Hotel. Batavia, Dutch East Indies. 1881-1889.
Marine Hotel, Batavia, Dutch East Indies . 1881-1889. Lithograph after a watercolor by Josias Cornelis Rappard. Collection of the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam. Cc licence 3.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:COLLECTIE_TROPENMUSEUM_Het_Marine_hotel_in_Batavia_TMnr_3728-772.jpg.

Posters and illustrations with graphics to die for . . . .one gets the feeling that anything Koloman Moser jazzed up the imagery for was a smash hit . . . Living from 1868 to 1918, he was a member of the Vienna and Wiener Secessions along with Gustav Klimt.

1900. Done for an issue of the secessionist magazine "Die Fläche".
1900. Done for an issue of the Secessionist magazine “Die Fläche”.  via https://largesizepaintings.blogspot.com/2011/06/koloman-moser-1868-1918.html.
Artwork for the calendar "de Fromme." 1899.
Artwork for the calendar “de Fromme.” 1899. via https://es.artsdot.com/@@/8XYDUB-Koloman-Moser-Cartel-para-el-calendario-de-Fromme.
"A modern Tantalus." Illustration for "Meggendorfer Blätter." ca. 1895.
“A modern Tantalus”, illustration for “Meggendorfer Blätter” which was an art and satire magazine. ca. 1895. via https://www.levante-emv.com/especiales/bellezayabismo/koloman-moser.html.
Poster for "Richardsquelle." 1899. Color lithograph.
Poster for “Richardsquelle.” 1899. Color lithograph. via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bc/Kolo_Moser_-_Richardsquelle_-_1899.jpeg.
Poster for the 5th Exhibition of the Wiener Secession. 1905.
Poster for the 5th Exhibition of the Wiener Secession. 1905. via http://iwate-kokyo.info/imagesgkl-secession-poster.shtm.

All artwork in the public domain due to age.