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Mohnköpfe (Poppyheads) (Dress or Furnishing Fabric)

Large panel of red fabric covered in repeating white floral pattern.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • Large panel of red fabric covered in repeating white floral pattern.




Designed by Koloman Moser (Austrian, 1868–1918)
Produced by Johan Backhausen und Söhne (Austrian, founded 1849)
Austria, Vienna

About this artwork

Koloman Moser, a prominent Viennese designer, cofounded the Wiener Werkstatte (1903–32), a forward-looking Viennese design workshop. Prior to 1903 he was an influential member of the Moderne Movement in Vienna. Moser was also a founder of the Vienna Secession, the association of young artists who had broken away from the Wiener Künstlerhaus, the accepted artistic forum of the time. Poppyheads, designed by Moser three years before the Wiener Werkstätte was formed, foreshadowed the kind of elegant textile designs he would produce at the Werkstätte. The attenuated lines coupled with the simplification and abstraction of organic forms demonstrate a new aesthetic vision of the time shared by artists and designers in Vienna and Glasgow. Moser’s design was produced in various colors by the Viennese firm of Johann Backhausen und Söhne, which was closely linked to the Werkstätte and is still in business today. The textile was intended for upholstery or curtain fabric, ideally for rooms whose design and furnishings would be produced as total environments by Werkstätte artists.


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Koloman (Kolo) Moser (Designer)


Mohnköpfe (Poppyheads) (Dress or Furnishing Fabric)


Vienna (Object made in)

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Made 1900


Silk, wild silk, and cotton, satin weave self-patterned by ground weft floats


182.9 × 113 cm (72 × 44 1/2 in.); Repeat: 45.5 × 29.8 cm (17 7/8 × 11 3/4 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Julian Armstrong, Jr.

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