Collection Online
Spring, from The four seasons
37.4 × 21.9 × 17.8 cm
Place/s of Execution
Vienna, Austria
impressed in top of base in rear l.c.: MP (monogram) WK (monogram) / ... / .. / .
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with the assistance of the National Gallery Women's Association, 1988
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Mid 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Physical description
Fruhling (Spring) figure of naked child holding over his shoulder a massive garland of flowers.
The allegorical putto is here seen in twentieth-century guise. The scale of these ceramic sculptures representing the four seasons suggests architectural ornament, although they are clearly intended for domestic display. The stylised, geometrically inflected forms and bright, modern palette of the figures reflect the aesthetic concerns of the Secession movement in Vienna in the first decades of the twentieth century. A traditional image is given a new, self-consciously modern appearance, in a strategy typical of early Viennese modernism.