Marianne Hitschmann-Steinberger

Asti Spumante‘ by M. Rappaport. Cover illustrated by Marianne Steinberger-Hitschmann. (Schlesinger’sche Musikhandlung (Rob. Lienau) – Berlin, ca 1914)

The lovely lady on the cover is enjoying a glass of asti spumante, a  sparkling white Italian wine from Piemonte. The sheet music was published around 1914.

HMSThanks to Michael Hölters, an art history student at the university of Vienna we were able to identify the monogram of the artist as belonging to Marianne Hitschmann-Steinberger. She was an Austrian Jewish artist who studied with Adolf Böhm and Friedrich König (both members of the Vienna Secession). She is mainly known as bookplate (ex libris) artist and illustrator of children’s books and postcards. In 1919 she died at the age of 32 of pneumonia in the flu pandemic, followed three days later by the death of her husband.

In the ex libris, she created for her husband, you can clearly see the typical emphasis of Jugendstil on two-dimensional linear design.  And she was influenced by Japonism as made clear by this drawing and by the beautiful picture of her in a kimono-style dress.

Ex libris for her husband Dr. Hitschmann


Marianne Hitschmann-Steinberger (1887 – 1919)


Steinberger-Hitschmann postcard
New Year postcard illustrated by Marianne Steinberger-Hitschmann