Julius Klinger

Julius Klinger, 1876 to 1942, was an Austrian Painter, draftsman, illustrator, commercial graphic artist, typographer and writer. In 1895, he found his first employment with the Vienna fashion magazine Wiener Mode where he made acquaintance with Koloman Moser, who later would be his teacher. Moser recommended him to the Meggendorfer Blätter and in 1896 he moved to Munich where he began work as an illustrator for the magazine as well as others. From 1897 to 1902 he was a collaborator to the eponymous Jugendstil magazine Die Jugend. He relocated to Berlin a year later where he worked extensively as a commercial graphic artist until 1915. Together with the printing house Hollerbaum und Schmidt, he developed a new fashion of functional poster design that soon gained him international reputation. In 1912 he designed the poster for the Rund um Berlin air show in Johannisthal. In Berlin he also contributed to Das kleine Witzblatt, Lustige Blätter and Das Narrenschiff humorous magazines. Being of Jewish descent, he suffered from national socialist harassment. According to Viennese police records, he was registered as moved to Minsk on June 2, 1942, i.e. deported. Presumably, he was killed the same year. Probably towards the end of 1937 he designed his last poster for the Ankerbrot-Werke factory. The Jewish-owned company was transferred to "Aryan" proprietors in 1938; after 1945 legitimate ownership was restored.

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