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Fuchs, H.

Original pattern designs.

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Vienna, not published, 1926-1929. 58 original designs. Various sizes, mostly ca. 30 x 21 cm, several considerably larger, folded, up to 62 x 62 cm; a few mounted. Signed and – mostly – dated by the artist.

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Weight 2970 g
Tax21% (Tax)
Weight2970 grams



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Vienna, not published, 1926-1929. 58 original designs. Various sizes, mostly ca. 30 x 21 cm, several considerably larger, folded, up to 62 x 62 cm; a few mounted. Signed and - mostly - dated by the artist.

A unique collection of original fabric designs by the Viennese designer Herta or Hertha Fuchs (apparently she was indifferent about the spelling of her first name). Fuchs studied at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna and was active between WWI and WWII. She was known for her affiliation with the Wiener Werkstätte, which was a successor of the famous Wiener Secession. "The Wiener Werkstätte (English: Vienna Workshop), established in 1903 by Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann, was a production community of visual artists in Vienna, Austria bringing together architects, artists and designers working in ceramics, fashion, silver, furniture and the graphic arts. It is regarded as a pioneer of modern design" (Wikipedia). Her designs are wonderfully colourful and explore mathematical themes that are highly reminiscent of the "De Stijl" art works by Mondriaan, van der Lek and others. Others, however, are studies in tessellation, more figurative, and depict, for instance, flowers and birds, or fantasy figurines. Here she seems to be just one step away from the later works of M. C. Escher. Interestingly, most original drawings are dated to-the-day, for instance "Wien 15.Juni 1929"; "Wien, am 17.11.1927","Wien, 10.IV.1928" (apparently she was also inconsequent in how she named the months) and "Wien, 18-1-1929", etc. The "floral" works are not dated, and were presumably made earlier. Several larger designs show borders and may be designs for rugs, other perhaps for wallpaper. Still others actually state that they were meant for fabric production, noting, in her neat hand, "Farbenvergleichstabelle für den Knüpfteppich", "Wolltuch. Maschineneinteilung", "Seidenstiffenpatrone", etc. Another, separate category is formed by some studies in colour and material, being neatly arranged rectangular pieces of paper or fabric. Some items have, in addition to her name and the date, an unknown abbreviation, viz. AWA, or MZ1. A few items with mild traces of age (for instance, light creasing, a few small smudges or light foxing); otherwise in excellent condition, with the colouring bright and vivid. A unique ensemble of the work of a mysterious, but surely gifted artist.

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