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The Art of Heinrich Lefler and Joseph Urban


Heinrich Lefler (1863-1919) and Joseph Urban (1872-1933) are Austrian artists associated with the Golden Age of Illustration - they are

particularly linked with the Jungendstil movement (the German variant of Art Nouveau).


The Heinrich Lefler and Joseph Urban Collection at Spirit of the Ages includes art images from some of their seminal work. As a valuable

reference resource, options are also provided for purchasing a range of gifts, including reproduction prints, posters and greeting cards.


Lefler and Urban were brothers-in-law who often worked in collaboration. The pair founded the Hagenbund - an exhibiting society similar to

the Secessionists. Lefler was a painter and Urban was skilled as an architect, book illustrator, exhibit designer, interior decorator and set



Lefler and Urban collaborated on a number of illustrated books, in addition to designs for more than

20 theatrical productions.


Soon after the publication of "Andersen Kalender" (and "Csoda Album" - including images from

"Andersen Kalender" - in Hungary) in 1911, Urban emigrated to the United States where he established

a reputation in set design for such productions as the Boston Opera Company, the Ziegfield Follies and

the Metropolitan Opera. At one time, he was Art Director for William Randolph Hearst's Cosmopolitan

Studios. He also created landmark architecture, including the Paramount Theatre Building, Mar-a-Lago

in Palm Beach, Florida and the New School and Hearst Magazine Building in New York.



On the right, we show a vintage

photograph of Heinrich Lefler

Heinrich Lefler (vintage photograph)


Joseph Urban (vintage photograph)


We invite you to take the time to peruse the wonderful artwork from Lefler and Urban that is included in the

Collection - to view images from any one of the suites listed below, simply 'click' on the hyperlinks embedded

within the titles and the images.









To the left, we show a vintage

photograph of Joseph Urban


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Published illustrations by Heinrich Lefler and Joseph Urban



Lefler and Urban illustrations for


8 colour images

Lefler and Urban illustrations for

"Grimm's Marchen"

12 images

Lefler and Urban illustrations for

"Kling-Klang Gloria"

16 image

Lefler and Urban illustrations for

"Andersen Kalender"

12 image

Lefler illustrations for

"Mozart: Zwölf Gedichte"

12 colour images

Lefler and Urban illustration for ''Marienkind''Lefler and Urban illustration for ''Grimm's Marchen''Lefler and Urban illustration for ''Kling-Klang Gloria''Lefler and Urban illustration for ''Andersen Kalender''



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