Heinrich Lefler (1863–1919) worked primarily in Vienna as a member of the Künstlerhaus and by the late 1890s became one of Austria's first artists to design posters, then an emerging medium. Together with Joseph Urban (1872–1933), he designed costumes, interiors, furniture and household accessories. In 1900 they co-founded the Hagenbund, an artists’ cooperative that exhibited works by a number of important figures including Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele. From 1903–1910 Lefler taught at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. He also designed decorations for the Vienna town hall, but the images for the Andersen series/calendar are considered amongst the most beautiful designs in his oeuvre.
'The Flying Trunk' is one of ten tales from Andersen’s second series of Fairy Tales, told for Children [Eventyr, fortalte for Børn, Andet Bind. Ny Samling, Copenhagen, 1838–42].
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