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A book collecting the rare psychedelic, fantastic illustrations of a hidden Art Nouveau master.  Contains line artworks 1895-1900.
A book collecting the rare psychedelic, fantastic illustrations of a hidden Art Nouveau master.  Contains line artworks 1895-1900.
A book collecting the rare psychedelic, fantastic illustrations of a hidden Art Nouveau master. Contains line artworks 1895-1900.
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RARE ART NOUVEAU Austria mystical illustration CZESCHKA book

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Carl Otto Czeschka’s bold lines and whiplash style are some of the most recognizable inspirations for the psychedelic rock poster movement of the Haight-Ashbury era.

His work has been generally unpublished since the early 1900s: help us make a boutique book collecting his illustrations!

Carl Otto Czeschka is recognized by art historians as a pivotal presence in the development of art in the 20th century; he started his career at the beginning of the Art Nouveau movement in Austria and quickly became one of its most celebrated illustrators. By 1908, he had moved with his peers Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser into a style that heralded the coming of Art Deco.  His designs are celebrated and presented in major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Neue Galerie, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and virtually every major museum worldwide.

While Czeschka's Modernist work (post-1908) for the Wiener Werkstatte is well-documented in books today, his earlier Art Nouveau (or Jugendstil, as it was called in Germany and Austria) line art is largely unavailable except in period materials.  

Make no mistake: this is not your traditional Art Nouveau: this beautiful art is dark, strange, and weird.

Even the flowery artworks of Czeschka have a weight to them that transcends the simply botanical into bold, dramatic Symbolism.

For nearly twenty years Century Guild has exhibited rare artworks in venues as varied as L.A. Art, The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair, and San Diego Comic Con. Works previously in the Century Guild collection have been displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Detroit Institute of Art, and LACMA.

While the internet is a magnificent repository of data, we still love the idea of curling up with books! And many–if not most–of the images that will be in this book are not available on the internet at all... see them here in a fantastic resolution that allows you to see the magnificent details of the artwork! These artworks are all in our possession, have been professionally photographed and color corrected, and as a result will be printed for you to experience at the highest resolution possible.

Help us in our mission to preserve, share, and celebrate these rare and historically important artworks.

When we make an effort to preserve rare posters by very famous artists or the artwork of something as legendary among horror fans as Der Orchideengarten, we can expect a solid audience for the book - but when we dig deeper into our archives and pull out something that is greatly significant but incredibly obscure, it's hard to know what kind of reception it will get! This project is where YOU decide if we should make a book collecting the early work of this artist!

How you can help.

If you love the work you see here, if you are an artist yourself and think that this work will inspire and fuel your own work, or if you love art history and want these illustrations to be preserved: please pre-order a book and ask your art-loving friends to do the same!  Because this campaign has a very special stretch goal: 

If we hit $21,500, ALL copies of the book will be printed 30% larger, and bound in HARDCOVER with cloth wrapping and gold foil stamping.

We love making small paperback books- they're easy to stick in a backpack or read on a plane.  But we really love making books that feel like keepsake volumes, and with this book we hope to bridge the gap between our expensive hardcovers and our affordable paperbacks: if enough people preorder this book, then everyone on Kickstarter gets a beautiful hardcover for a paperback price.  (See the example graphic at the bottom of page!)

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ABOUT US

Century Guild is an institution founded by Thomas Negovan in 1999. Located in Los Angeles, Century Guild has presented Art Nouveau and Symbolist Art in their Chicago and Los Angeles galleries, as well as numerous International Art and Antiques Fairs across the last two decades. 2016 saw the gallery shift to an educational and creative content format with The Century Guild Museum of Art and Century Guild Creative. The limited edition books published by Century Guild are desirable for their academic content, fine quality, and collectability; many out of print volumes are commanding high prices on Amazon and eBay. We are strong believers in and supporters of the crowdfunding community and the way that it encourages creations of exceptional quality by making a direct connection between the creator and collector. Thank you for your support in this important academic endeavor by helping us to create a gorgeous keepsake book!

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    THE BOOK

    CARL OTTO CZESCHKA: Rare Art Nouveau Artworks 1895-1900.

    80 pages.

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    BOOK + Your choice of poster or pin

    CARL OTTO CZESCHKA: Rare Art Nouveau Illustrations 1895-1900 + your choice of either the 11"x17" poster OR the 2" Girl-in-flower pin.

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    BOOK + POSTER + PIN!

    SET #1: The book, the poster AND the pin!

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    BOOK + PATRONAGE PRINT!

    BOOK + PATRONAGE PRINT! CARL OTTO CZESCHKA: Rare Art Nouveau Illustrations 1895-1900 book PLUS YOUR CHOICE of Patronage Print (retail $49) from www.centuryguild.net. (Print selected in post-Kickstarter survey)

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    ART NOUVEAU BOOK SET + PINS PACKAGE

    CARL OTTO CZESCHKA: Rare Art Nouveau Illustrations 1895-1900 + one $29 softcover of your choice + the Carl Otto Czeschka Girl-in-flower pin + your choice of one Art Nouveau enamel pin in gift box (Mucha, Berthon, Rhead, or Christiansen - see description for images!)

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    BOOK PACKAGE #1 (3 different art books!)

    CARL OTTO CZESCHKA: Rare Art Nouveau Illustrations 1895-1900 + any two $29 paperbacks from Century Guild... PLUS the Czeschka pin and poster!

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    BOOK PACKAGE #2 (4 different art books!)

    CARL OTTO CZESCHKA: Rare Art Nouveau Illustrations 1895-1900 + any three $29 paperbacks from Century Guild! PLUS your choice of either the Czeschka pin or poster!

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    BOOK PACKAGE #3: BEST DEAL CORNUCOPIA

    Get the Carl Otto Czeschka book, the pin, and the poster... PLUS ANY THREE of the Art Nouveau pins, presented on letterpress cards and in stamped Century Guild gift boxes AND a Patronage Print of your choice AND any TWO of the paperback books listed in the add-ons! This is the best discount tier! (Note: if you've backed previous Kickstarters for either the books or pins, we will adjust these numbers to get you things you haven't already backed!)

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    SPRING FLOWERING GIFT SET

    YOUR NAME (or a loved one) THANKED ON THE TITLE PAGE! Share the beauty of Art Nouveau with ten Carl Otto Czeschka books, ten posters, and ten pins.

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    DEDICATION GIFT SET

    Ten books, ten posters, and ten pins with one VERY SPECIAL addition- YOU WILL WRITE A BOOK DEDICATION to be published on the title page, for anyone you choose! (We will help you write this if you like, and we also reserve the right to refuse or edit what we consider inappropriate content.) Author will sign books if you like, and you'll also personally receive a special thank you on the title page for making this book possible. Plus, FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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