Austria, Ski Lodge in the Alps by 20x200 Artist Fund

Today’s 20x200 Artist Fund work, Austria, Ski Lodge in the Alps, invites you to take deep, clean lungfuls of cold mountain air direct from the Austrian Alps. This Art Deco 1937 travel poster by designer Erich von Wunschheim depicts a scene of almost holy calm.

The idyllic image belies the tumultuous Austrian politics happening below the mountain peaks at that time: Less than a year later in 1938, the disarrayed Austrian government succumbed to its Nazi party and was annexed to Germany. Yet this picture’s enthralling quality speaks to a more eternal truth about Austrians: how its citizenry have always been transfixed by the Alps, a fascination that altered in tenor over the decades but never fundamentally changed. Keep reading.