Photo album: November 2011
Calender 2012 with pictures of the Art Nouveau (Jugendstil, Secession) in Timişoara / Temeswar
The grounds in the districts Elisabetin (former Elisabethstadt) and Iosefin (Josephstadt), lying just south of the nowadays Bega Canal, once belonged to the esplanade of the fortress, and as such no building was allowed here till 1892; the overall situation was quite similar to the one in Fabric – area of Queen Mary Park. That year, namely, the emperor Franz Joseph confirmed the decision of demolishing the fortress wall and put an end to the fortress status of Timişoara. Consequently, the grounds were now free for new constructions. And in deed a real explosion of new buildings took place in a short time. Among the architects which made a name here Martin Gemeinhardt deserves special mention. In Plevnei Sq. we can see a whole collection of buildings typical for the "floral period" of the Secession, and Gemeinhardt tops them all. His facades stand out through lofty landscapes, with countless species of animals and plants, all interwoven in large, fresco-like compositions. At the "peacocks' house" (1904), out of the neo-Gothic portal (bearing the initials of Romulus Nicolin, the owner) there grows up a "tree of life", whose expanding branches left and right at the upper floor seem to hold scenes themed from nature. There are no humans in these scenes, but we see wolves, owls, sunflower and, least but not last, the (crowned) peacocks, surrounded by flowers and fruits. The volumes of the building are kept very basic (no bow windows, which were very popular at that time), allowing the facade to be perceived as a whole, as it would make up a large fresco. On the same row of houses we find yet another "peacocks' house", also built by Gemeinhardt, this time for the owner Johann Hartlauer; the scenes are separated in boxes here (so, no sensation of a large fresco any more), also other animals appear (squirrels, swallows, dolphin heads), while the peacocks are shown in a kind of tridimensional posture. The walls of the staircase at Hartlauer's house were once painted.
In the autumn of 2011 we realised a calendar aimed at presenting the astonishing heritage of Timisoara to the world. Our pictures show special buildings and monuments from special angles – we want to open new perspectives to the history of Timisoara. On the page of each month we have a large picture of a detail of the Art Nouveau architecture of Timisoara; this architecture is also known as Jugendstil or Secession (the last name is very popular in our town) or, plainly, "style 1900", and makes up an important part of our city tours of Timisoara. On the back side of each month's page there's more information about the depicted monument – now you can read that info here in this photo album.
The calender were aimed to be gifts to our friends, customers and guests. In the meantime we have already started working for the calendar 2013!
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