"There are only two things that can destroy a healthy man: love trouble, ambition, and financial catastrophe. And that's already three things, and there are a lot more." - Peter Altenberg
(Telegrams of The Soul, translated from the German, Archipelago Books: 2005). Alternberg's confections were originally written in the cafe fin-de-siecle Vienna and published in newspapers. They belong to the genre of the feuilleton, invented by the French at mid-century, at mid-century, the term suggests sheets of paper and little leaves in one word. The popular publications of the day are still remembered for their energetic iconoclasm: Ver Sacrum, Simplississmus, Pan, Jugend,Wendingen and Die Bombe (The Bomb) among them
1.Gustave Jagersparcher - Portrait of Peter Alternberg, 1909, Neue Galerie, NYC.
2. Karl Fischer Koystrand - poster for The Bomb, 1899, Albertina Museum, Vienna.
3. Koloman Moser, cover for Ver Sacrum, Museum of Applied Culture, Vienna.
4. Ludwig von Zumbach - cover for Jugend, 1896, Albertina Museum, Vienna.
5. Koloman Moser - poster for Ver Sacrum, Albertina Museum, Vienna.
6. Fritz Zeymer - Gertrude Bernstein at Cafe Fledermaus, 1907, Austrian Theatre Museum, Vienna.
7. Urban Jahnke - Postcard #140 for Wiener Werkstatte, Albertina Museum, Vienna.
8. Josef Maria Auchentaller - Woman With Parrot, Leopold Museum, Vienna.
9. anonymous - Masked Ball, 1900, Albertina Museum, Vienna.
10. Koloman Moser - poster for Furst von Metternichsche, 1899, Albertina Museum, Vienna.
Recommended reading : Fin-de-siecle Vienna by Carl Schorske, New York, Alfred A. Khnopf: 1980.