Around 1900, a Europe-wide reform movement dealt with all aspects of life, including the aesthetic education of society through art, music, literature and physical education.
In an increasingly technological environment, art should help eliminate social inequalities and children should already acquire the ability to enjoy aesthetic pleasure.
In this context, the Educational Wall Posters for School and Home were created. Published from 1903 to 1916 by the k. k. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei [Imperial Printers], they were far more than simply teaching aids.
The large-format coloured litographs served as wall decorations for classrooms and school corridors, which had been bare until then. In addition, they were used for private decoration, since they were available and affordable high-quality art, despite mass production.
Members of the Viennese artist associations Künstlerhaus, Secession and Hagenbund also participated in the design competitions, and so these sophisticated and nowadays rare designs are popular in the art trade and with collectors.