Harte Arbeit | Hard Work

Harte Arbeit | Hard Work

Several men help pull a wheelbarrow up an elevated incline. It may be related to the salt extraction industry in the town of Hall or region in Tyrol, a cityscape by Julius Aschauer also held by this archive. The photo is also similar to one by Belgian pictorialist Gustave Marissiaux “Le Terril” (The Slagheap) which appeared in his 1908 portfolio “Visions D’artiste

Eminent Viennese pictorialist photographer Julius Aschauer, (b. 1878?) who perfected the bromoil process to a high level, was made a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1927, and was active as an amateur in the 1920s and 1930s.

Mr. Aschauer sent about twenty of the finest Bromoil Transfers over the period of the year and achieved three of the medals. That he did not win oftener is an evidence that judges can and do find the value that may lie in even a snap-shot when it carries a message of art and beauty. And it proves that juries are not always swayed by the wonders of technic or the fame that lies in a name. — “THIS IS THE CUP WINNER”: Camera Craft: April, 1926, p. 177: illustrated: THE BEGGAR- Medalist and First  Award Camera Craft May Competition

Harte Arbeit | Hard Work

Image Dimensions14.5 x 19.8 cm laid down

Support Dimensions16.4 x 22.0 | 39.8 x 29.6 cm Bull's head watermark impression can be seen in l.r.

Print Notes

Recto:  titled in graphite on mount and signed by the artist: ll: “Harte Arbeit”; lr: J Aschauer; heavy manilla paper secondary support with watermark showing a Bull’s head (Taurus?) with star, variation on Briquet 15097 found in a document dated 1470 in Augsburg, Germany.

Verso: The work has been titled in graphite by the artist and translated into English, followed by his address: “Harte Arbeit” (Hard Work); BromoilJulius Aschauer, Vienna II. Gr. Pfarrgasse 26. Austria; white pasted label 11.5 x 7.6 cm upper left corner printed: Accepted and Hung in The PHOTO ART (Print) GALLERY |  PHOTO ART Monadnock Building San Francisco California


Purchased for this archive in December, 2019 from the photographer and editor Sigismund Blumann’s grandson Thomas High.