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Richard Teschner


Princess, Richard Teschner
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Princess is a Silk Painting created by Richard Teschner in 1913. It lives at the TheaterMuseum in Vienna. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Puppetry and Princess. SourceDownload

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Richard Teschner elevated puppetry to a fine art by applying the grace of Javanese rod puppetry to his own strange, sinester worldbuilding.

The titular princess from Prinzessin und Wassermann, “The Princess and the Watersprite” — a puppetry theater production by Richard Teschner. Teschner was 34 when he created this elaborate production, just two years after discovering Javanese rod puppetry that had been brought to the Netherlands by Dutch explorers. Teschner already ran a successful marionette company in Prague, but rod puppetry would become his signature style for the rest of his career.

Reed Enger, "Princess," in Obelisk Art History, Published April 02, 2018; last modified May 19, 2021,

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