Samara [I]

Samara [I]

c. 1920-25

designer

Josef Frank

(Swedish, born Austria, 1885-1967)

manufacturer

Haus & Garten

(Austrian, est. 1925)

Block printed tabby weave linen, loom width

Overall: 69.9 x 127 cm (27 1/2 x 50 in.)

Educational Purchase Fund 1937.187

Location

Fun Fact

Within this design are small pomegranates, a fruit that holds a long tradition in textile arts as a symbol of fertility.

Description

Samara features sinuous branches bearing fruit, a motif that Josef Frank returned to in his later designs at Svenskt Tenn in the 1940s. This textile uses Frank’s innovative technique of stacking and rotating each woodblock print impression to make a cohesive design that does not overemphasize geometry.

See also
Collection: 
Textiles
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile

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