Josef Hoffmann

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Josef Franz Maria Hoffmann
BirthplaceBrtnice, Moravia, Austro-Hungarian Empire

Hoffmann, Josef


Born Dec. 15, 1870, in Pirnitz (present-day Brtnice, Czechoslovakia); died May 7, 1956, in Vienna. Austrian architect.

Hoffmann studied at the Vienna School of Applied Arts and under K. von Hasenhauer and O. Wagner. He helped organize the Wiener Sezession (1897), the Wiener Werkstätte (1903), and the Österreicher Werkbund (1912). While he was a leading representative of Viennese art nouveau, the rationality of a number of his works paved the way for functionalism.

Hoffmann’s major works include the Purkersdorf Sanatorium near Vienna (1903–04), the Stoclet House in Brussels (1905), and the Austrian pavilions at many exhibitions, including the Deutscher Werkbund Exhibition in Cologne (1914).


Veronesi, G. Josef Hoffmann. Milan, 1956.
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Nevertheless, when Josef Hoffmann decided to establish his workshop, he looked abroad, to Britain, and to an Arts and Crafts Movement that had its roots in a longing for a return to the gothic, and a fantasy of munificent medievalism.
Although architect-designer Josef Hoffmann usually designed expensive handcrafted artifacts for the Wiener Werkstatte, he is also known for the bentwood furniture designs made by mechanical processes like the chair he designed for the "Fledermaus Cabaret.
22) Although he is largely forgotten today, Luksch moved comfortably within the artistic and social circles of the Secession's more progressive artists and often collaborated with Josef Hoffmann.
Only when we continue the tour in the hall do we start to find the Khnopffs, which begin, above a suite of furniture by Josef Hoffmann, with a group of views painted in and around the family's summer country retreat at Fosset in the forest of Ardennes (Fig.
Al-Hadid will make her mark on the home of the storied Vienna Secession, an artists' union established in 1897 by an avant-garde group of Austrian painters, sculptors, and architects including Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, and Josef Hoffmann.
Crowner's recent show "The Wave," her third at this gallery, was built around a shimmering turquoise parquet, a mosaic of glazed terra-cotta tiles set into a pattern by Josef Hoffmann.
The Art Nouveau section (1880-1920) covers French, secessionist and continental influences and includes the essential lady's handbag of the time by designer Josef Hoffmann.
Among the pianists Gershwin admired were the flamboyant Franz Liszt and the heroes of the day such as Josef Lhevinne, Josef Hoffmann and Ferrucio Busoni.
Entitled "Glass of the Avant-Garde: From Vienna Secession to Bauhaus, the Torsten Brohan Collection from the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Madrid," the exhibit features nearly 200 examples of decorative and functional glass objects by leading designers Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, Dagobert Peche and many other modern masters of 20th-century art, design and architecture.
In particular, architect Josef Hoffmann and well-known artists of the Wiener WerkstOte, such as Michael Powolny and Franz von Zulow, pointed the way to the Modern and Post-Modern ages with striking manufactory works.
Not just because we managed to produce record results--including records for flower paintings by Jan Brueghel the Younger, brooches by Josef Hoffmann, paintings by Herbert von Reyl-Hanisch and glass heads by Kiki Kogelnik but also because we were able to present a wide range of rare artworks.
I'm fortunate that I've been to the Palais Stoclet [a private home in the Vienna Secession style designed by Josef Hoffmann in Brussels, Belgium].