Koloman MoserMusic cabinet© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Koloman Moser, a painter by training, had a stunning ability to tackle the most varied projects, from the ambitious, such as the drafts for the stained glass of Am Steinhof church (1904), to the refined: models for furniture, fabrics, gold and silver plate and jewellery, of glasses and ceramics, of binding and even postage stamps! His talents of organisation were also outstanding : he was one of the founding members of the Secession (1897) and the Wiener Werkstätte (1903), joint-editor of the reviews Die Fläche
and Hohe Warte
, and the decorator of a dozen exhibitions of the Secession (1898-1905). His activity as a teacher at the School of applied arts in Vienna, where he taught from 1899 onwards, made him one of the most endearing figures of the Viennese avant-garde at the turn of the century.
Curator Marc Bascou, curator, Musée d'Orsay