Luxury Design, Past & Present
Wilhelm Dachauer was an important representative of Austrian Symbolism and was born in the Innviertel region of Upper Austria. He studied at the Vienna Academy and taught there as a professor from 1927-1945.
The painting "The Night" is one of the most important works of art Dachauer created. It was presented at the eightieth exhibition of the Viennese Secession from November to December 1924 and was the first picture panel in their catalogue. The original exhibition label has been preserved on the canvas frame. The work also caused a sensation in the press at the time: "This striving for monumentality ... is particularly evident in Dachauer's numerous allegorical compositions, of which the 'Night' (see our colour chart), exhibited in 1924 at the Secession, is one of the best of its kind. The gesture of the female figure hovering in the sky is of classical size, the brown shell that rushes around her is of powerful swing, and the figure at her feet, sunk in deep slumber, contrasts very effectively with it. Furthermore, our work was also mentioned in the first edition of the fourth volume of the contemporary magazine "Der getreue Eckart".
Signed and dated lower left "W. Dachauer 1924", verso original label of the Secession in Vienna
Bib.: LXXX catalogue of the Vienna Secession, 1924, colour chart 1; Hans Anklitz-Kleehofen “Die Innviertler Künstlergilde”, 1926, p. 13-32; “Der getreue Eckart“, vol. 4, ed. 1, p. 463-464.