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Josef Hoffmann

Balls-Table, 1909

Beech, stained black and polished, table top and base with hammered brass
29 1/2 × 21 7/10 × 21 7/10 in
75 × 55 × 55 cm
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Galerie Bei Der Albertina Zetter
Vienna
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For the World Exhibition in Buenos Aires 1910

For the World Exhibition in Buenos Aires 1910

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Design/Decorative Art
Manufacturer
Jacob & Josef Kohn, Vienna, no 1263
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Galerie bei der Albertina
Josef Hoffmann
Austrian, 1870–1956
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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.

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For the World Exhibition in Buenos Aires 1910

For the World Exhibition in Buenos Aires 1910

Medium
Design/Decorative Art
Manufacturer
Jacob & Josef Kohn, Vienna, no 1263
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Galerie bei der Albertina
Josef Hoffmann
Austrian, 1870–1956
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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.

Josef Hoffmann

Balls-Table, 1909

Beech, stained black and polished, table top and base with hammered brass
29 1/2 × 21 7/10 × 21 7/10 in
75 × 55 × 55 cm
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