Giraffe

Giraffe

c. 1920-29

maker

Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien

(Austria, Vienna, 1898-1987)

Enamel on copper

Overall: 11.8 cm (4 5/8 in.)

Educational Purchase Fund 1930.294

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The colorful enameled surface and stylized form of this giraffe express the child-like simplicity of its design.

Description

In the early 1900s, bending and cutting sheet metal to produce dynamic shapes was one of the most common techniques used to teach natural form in design schools in Vienna. From this method evolved the commercial production of small polished or enameled figures of popular animals from the circus or farm—including giraffes, foxes, and dogs—exaggerated in their modernist forms.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Enamel

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