Prantl and the Arts

Emil Nolde's 'Faces of the Alps'. Around 1870, in addition to the production of fine personal stationery, Prantl followed the French and English example of printing high-quality postcards and greeting cards. At the end of the 19th century, the so-called 'Artist Department' was founded, complete with colours, canvases, brushes etc. This department caught the eye of a number of famous artists at that time, among them Emil Nolde and later Kandinsky. It was during this time that Prantl published a series of Nolde's 'Faces of the Alps' (Series of 6 coloured postcards by Emil Nolde, signed with his pseudonym E. Hansen, Munich, F. A. Prantl, 1895/96). The Artist's Department was closed between 1980 and 1990.

Emil Nolde and Prantl 'Virgin, Monk and Eiger'

The two postcards shown belong to the Harvard Art Museum and show two of these 'Faces of the Alps'. The first card is titled 'Jungfrau, Mönch und Eiger'(Virgin, Monk and Eiger), the second 'Altmann und Papa Setis' (Old man and Papa Sentis). Both postcards were printed around 1897 and are signed with E. Hansen.

Emil Nolde and Prantl 'Old man and Papa Sentis'