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Cry for Help

A work made of cotton and wool, three-color complementary weft plain weave with inner warps.

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  • A work made of cotton and wool, three-color complementary weft plain weave with inner warps.

Date:

1904

Artist:

Designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870–1956)
Produced by Johann Backhausen & Söhne (Austrian, 1849-2012)
Austria, Vienna

About this artwork

The relationship between a fabric’s design and its title is often obscure, but this work likely derived its title from the commission for which it was made: the Pukersdorf Sanatorium and spa. Josef Hoffmann designed the entire complex, including this fabric, in 1904. It was used as upholstery for several rooms in the sanatorium; this particular convalescent institution became popular with the social elite of nearby Vienna.

On View

Textiles, Gallery 246

Artists

Josef Hoffmann (Designer) , Johann Backhausen und Söhne (Producer)

Title

Cry for Help, Notschrei (Cry for Help) (Dress or Furnishing Fabric)

Places

Vienna (Object made in), Austria (Object made in)

Date

Made 1904

Medium

Cotton and wool, three-color complementary weft plain weave with inner warps

Dimensions

88.6 × 64.8 cm (34 7/8 × 25 1/2 in.) Repeat: 22 × 20.2 cm (8 5/8 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Robert Allerton Endowment

Reference Number

1991.83.7

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