Art Nouveau

New Year’s Greetings on Art Nouveau Cards

Magda Michalska 1 January 2017 min Read

Back in the day 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, Prosit Neujahr!, 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, Prosit Neujahr!, 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.

Two years ago, in 2019, we celebrated the Year of the Pig according to the Chinese New Year!

Raphael Kirchner, Happy New Year, 1899
Raphael Kirchner, Prosit Neujahr!, 1899.

No matter what animal, zodiac sign, or 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, Prosit Neujahr!, 1899. ArtsDot.

Recommended

Art Nouveau

Ethel Reed – When a Meteor Crossed the Night Sky of Art Nouveau

If you’ve heard of Ethel Reed, you are probably either a devotee of late-19th century American poster art or an art history student. After the...

Wen Gu 31 March 2022

Art Nouveau

Moulin Rouge and the Folies Bergère: Best Can-Can Paintings in Art History

Can-can paintings depict the most famous dance of La Belle Époque era. Originating in France, the Can-can, associated with skirts, petticoats, high...

Charlotte Stace 11 July 2020

Art Nouveau buildings Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau: 10 Most Beautiful Buildings in the World

With so many options to choose from, it is hard to narrow down a list of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings in the world. So here’s a...

Rachel Witte 25 January 2022

art nouveau Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau Explained

Art Nouveau is one of the most distinguished styles in art. Even though its duration was brief, it quickly became a fetish of the elite. It spread...

Errika Gerakiti 25 April 2022