By Otto Wagner
By the time the Viennese architect Otto Wagner (1841-1918) began publishing the drawings included in this colouring book, he had already spent much of his career designing historicist-style buildings. But his attitude was changing, and he completely ignored those early designs in time. The images here, presented roughly chronologically, show the shifts he’s made over the course of his career. These drawings were published as part of Some Skizzen, Projekte und ausgeführte Bauwerk (Sketches, Projects and Executed Buildings), beginning in 1890 and ending in a posthumous fourth volume in 1922.
Wagner’s mark can still be found in buildings in his hometown a century after his death, including the Church of St. Leopold (a.k.a. Kirche am Steinhof), the architect’s two villas, and former Stadtbahn railway buildings. Drawings for certain structures can be found among these prints, but several others were never finished. Despite this, Wagner is remembered today for his enduring contributions to Vienna’s architectural spirit.
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