Koloman Moser (March 30, 1868 – October 18, 1918) studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künst (1886-92) and the at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna (1893-95. He began as an illustrator for the art journal Meggendorfer Blatter. He was a founding member of the Vienna Secession in 1897 and later the artistic director for the Wiener Werkstätte in 1903. He left company in 1907 in order to devote himself exclusively to painting. He also continued to teach at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna until his death.