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Ditha Moser: Jugendstil Tarock

Ditha Moser: Jugendstil Tarock
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Ditha Moser: Jugendstil Tarock

‘Jugendstil Tarock’ is a deck of tarot cards designed by Edith 'Ditha' Moser, first published by Albert Berger and Josef Glanz in 1906. Regarded as a highlight of Viennese graphic planar art, the deck is also a prime example of Jugendstil (‘Youth Style’), a German design style with a preference for straight lines and simple forms.

From 1902 to 1905, Moser was a guest student of Josef Hoffman at the Academy for Applied Arts in Vienna, where she attended lectures and courses in figurative drawing, scripture and heraldry, weaving, and enamel work. She eventually rose to prominence as a graphic designer, and was instrumental to the founding of the Wiener Werkstaette. The cards in this deck – originally produced for the workshop – depict events and impressions from the lives of Moser’s and her husband’s families, combining the imagery of wooden toy soldiers with traditional tarot motifs.

Some of the deck's trump cards include a design that is repeated to match the Roman numeral of the card. The cards are double ended, the same at each end, and the accompanying court cards have French suit symbols.

This unique collector's item also includes a short information booklet in both German and English.
9 x 6.5 x 1 inches
Card Set: $42
Card Set with Companion Book: $58

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