Rudolf KalvachWien 1883 - 1932 Kosmanos, ehem. Tschechoslowakei
Rudolf Kalvach was born in Vienna in 1883. From 1905, he studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts) in Vienna. He interrupted his studies due to private reasons and moved to Trieste, where his family had settled down. In 1910, the young artist came back to Vienna to finish his studies. As early as 1908, the magazine “Die grafischen Künste“ (“The Graphic Arts“) published an article about the Secession movement. Kalvach was mentioned in the article, where one of his woodcut pieces was reproduced. In the same year, the first part of his postcard series, which he had exclusively designed for Wiener Werkstätte, was published. His artistic postcards have a very satirical trait. Satire and social criticism defined Kalvach’s graphic work that was mostly created between 1908 and 1912. His preferred technique was woodcutting, which he used to capture different aspects of the lives of the workers in the harbor of Trieste. Kalvach was also a very successful commercial artist. He designed posters for many Viennese industrial companies as well as a very expressive poster for the Kunstschau (Art show) 1908. This example reveals how related his style is to Oskar Kokoschka’s, although it was Kalvach who had influenced the young Kokoschka. Kalvach’s work was a pioneering force for the upcoming expressionism. From 1912, because of his schizophrenia, the artist was committed to a variety of mental institutions, first to Steinhof in Vienna and later to the Czech Kosmanos. In 1932, he died of tuberculosis in Kosmanos.
Happy Birthday Lifeboat 1907/08 Harbour Workers 1907/08 Against the Pier 1907/08 Harbour Workers 1907/08 Chinese on Deck 1907/08 Seagulls 1907/1908 Lifeboat 1907/08 Ropes in the Port 1907/1908 Harbour Worker 1907
Against the Pier 1907/08 "Julius Meinl´s Cacao" - Advertising Design 1907/08 "Peter Fischer Korallen" - Advertising Design 1907/08 Pattern Design with Cat 1907/08 The Adoration of the Shepherds 1908/10 The Port of Trieste 1909/12 The Three Magi 1909/12 The Three Magi 1907/08 Female Nude, standing 1903/05
Study 1907/08 Study around 1907 Study around 1907 Femal Nude around 1910 Female Nude with Bird 1909/10 View of Trieste 1915/16 Oriental Female Dancer 1908/10 Happy Birthday 1907 Happy Birthday 1907
Chinese on Deck 1907-08 Harbour Workers 1907/08 Loading the Goods 1907/08 Lifeboat 1907/08 Seagulls 1907/08 Merry Christmas around 1916 Merry Christmas around 1908 Happy New Year 1918 1918 Twelve Designs for Tarot Playing Cards 1909