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[Hoffman, Josef] Introductory Comments By Dr. Michael Hainisch, Hofrat Alfred Roller And Professor Dr. Josef Hoffman. Edited By L. W. Rochowanski Listings

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1 [Hoffman, Josef] Introductory comments by Dr. Michael Hainisch, Hofrat Alfred Roller and Professor Dr. Josef Hoffman. Edited by L. W. Rochowanski Ein Fuhrer durch das Osterreichische Kunstgewerbe. Austrian Applied Arts. Osterreichisches Kunstgewerbe. Les Arts Decoratifs Autrichiens.
Leipzig, Wien, Troppau Verlag Heinz & Comp. 1930 First Edition 
8vo. 359, [19] pp. Uncommon title on modernism in terms of commerce. Herein is bridged late Jugendstil and a starker modernism one might associate with Bauhaus. While the Austrian-Hungarian Empire had collapsed with the conclusion of World War One, Vienna remained a cultural cauldron of real influence beyond. Only with the Anscluss would Austria's leadership in the arts falter, as many an artist was forced to emigrate or thrown into a concentration camp. This book, or guide, makes plain the fullness of creative energy still emanating from the former Habsburg domains. Josef Hoffman, of course, remains a revered figure in the arts to this day internationally. He was both an architect and designer of a wide array of decorative objects. As a founder of the Vienna Secession Movement, his ideas rippled in all the arts, and his move towards greater abstraction in design was in perfect sync with evolving styles of the times. Through a vast multitude of objects photographed covering ceramics, metalwork, toys, furniture, glassware, wallpaper and other decorative objects, this book celebrates the embrace of this modernism. A very large number of designers are represented, and so one gets a real sense of the creative ferment that was then stirring. Exciting is the diversity of visions sparked by the movement while generally adhering to the pared down vocabulary characterizing that movement. Advertisements in the back are also of interest. The cloth has light soiling. The interior shows signs of light use. Ex-library light, with the only evidence two small inked stamps on the title page. 
Price: 800.00 USD
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