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Josef Hoffman’s oeuvre embodies the seismic aesthetic and philosophical shifts that defined avant-garde art and design at the turn of the 19th century. He was a founding member of the Vienna Secession, an organization of artists and designers who sought to breakaway from rigid historical precedents, and later, the Wiener Werkstätte, a workshop dedicated to the production of craftwork of everyday objects including ceramics, textiles, and furniture. Hoffman was integral to defining Western applied arts during this period. The Stoclet Palace (1905–11), Hoffman’s masterpiece, embodies the artistic tension of this era and reveals the architect’s prescience; the mansion’s decorative details recall the fluid stylization of Art Nouveau, while the stark exterior walls—sheets of white marble edged in gilded metal—anticipate the austere planes and strict geometry of the International Style.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2020
Glass: Autumn 2020Galerie Kovacek
2019
Summer Highlights 2019Kunsthandel Kolhammer
2013
MAK Permanent Collection Vienna 1900MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
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J. & J. Kohn
Austrian
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
J. & J. Kohn
Austrian

An early 20th century Sitzmaschine

With stained beechwood frame and plywood seat and back, with brass rod and hinges and adjustable back rest
46 1/10 × 24 2/5 × 34 2/5 in
117 × 62 × 87.5 cm
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Chiswick Auctions
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Manufacturer
J. & J. Kohn
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Courtesy of Chiswick Auctions

Josef Hoffman’s oeuvre embodies the seismic aesthetic and philosophical shifts that defined avant-garde art and design at the turn of the 19th century. He was a founding member of the Vienna Secession, an organization of artists and designers who sought to breakaway from rigid historical precedents, and later, the Wiener Werkstätte, a workshop dedicated to the production of craftwork of everyday objects including ceramics, textiles, and furniture. Hoffman was integral to defining Western applied arts during this period. The Stoclet Palace (1905–11), Hoffman’s masterpiece, embodies the artistic tension of this era and reveals the architect’s prescience; the mansion’s decorative details recall the fluid stylization of Art Nouveau, while the stark exterior walls—sheets of white marble edged in gilded metal—anticipate the austere planes and strict geometry of the International Style.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
J. & J. Kohn
Austrian
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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