Ver Sacrum (‘Sacred Spring’) was the official magazine of the Vienna Secession. Published from 1898 to 1903, it featured drawings and designs in the Jugendstil style along with literary contributions from distinguished writers from across Europe. These included Rainer Maria Rilke, Maurice Maeterlinck, Gustav Klimt, Kolomon Moser, and Josef Hoffman. No. 23 in 1901 featured the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh and Frances Macdonald McNair.
Most of the Library’s issues are unbound and retain their original paper covers, and because of this they have often been filmed by companies such as the BBC.
The Vienna Secession was formed in 1897 by a group of painters, sculptors and architects, with its first president as Gustav Klimt. These artists objected to the prevailing conservatism of officially-sanctioned art at the time, with its emphasis on historicism. Instead they invited artists such as the Impressionists to exhibit.