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Hans Makart 1840-1884, Valkyrie and a Dying Hero, c.1877-78. © Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
In Norse mythology, a valkyrie is one of a host of female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live. Selecting among half of those who die in battle, the valkyries bring their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled over by the god Odin.
In this stunning work by Hans Makart, we particularly like the vibrancy of the colours which is the hallmark of the artist's painting style. The yellows and reds provide a striking contrast against any dark coloured jacket.
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Hans Makart, 1840-1884, was an Austrian academic history painter, designer and decorator who although well regarded and a celebrity figure of his day in Vienna, is actually most well known for his influence on other Austrian artists including Gustav Klimt.
Makart attended the Vienna Academy between 1850 and 1851, which, at that time, was heavily under the influence of classicism, where clear and precise drawing, along with scholarly historical appreciation were highly valued. Makart, who was a poor draughtsman, was considered devoid of talent by his instructors and was forced to leave the Academy.
He left Austria for Munich, continuing is study independently, where he developed his style for which he would become famous, his love of colour and decorative qualities in his work. Later, his painting Romeo and Juliet, was purchased by the Austrian Emperor, and he was invited to return to Vienna by the aristocracy. From this point on his fame was well established, and his ornate studio became a social meeting point in Vienna.
We were very pleased to create this series of four pocket squares in collaboration with Götrich 1730. Located in Stockholm, Götrich is Sweden's oldest bespoke tailors spanning six generations. Throughout the years, Götrich has developed its reputation around guaranteed quality and craftsmanship of the highest grade.
This collection of pocket squares features four works from the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, featuring artists Gustaf Cederström, Johan Georg Arsenius, Anders Zorn, and Hans Makart.
The art of hand rolling pocket squares is a unique craft and truly makes each piece individual and unique. We feel that the precision and care taken by our skilled artisans gives each scarf its own unique character, finish and feel. To create the finest rolled hems, the edge of the silk or cotton pocket square must be softy turned over with a handheld needle and then small stitches are inserted approximately one half to one centimetre apart around the edge, creating a supple yet prominent border.
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