Hellbrunn

Hellbrunn

c. 1925-30

designer

Josef Frank

(Swedish, born Austria, 1885-1967)

manufacturer

Haus & Garten

(Austrian, est. 1925)

Plain weave bleached linen, loom width, block printed

Overall: 57.2 x 123.2 cm (22 1/2 x 48 1/2 in.)

Educational Purchase Fund 1937.182

Location

Did you know?

These flowerbeds suggest the presence of a “clear spring” or Hellbrunn in old German.

Description

The designer Josef Frank rotated his woodblock designs in half turns, resulting in a mirrored effect as though the colorful flowerbeds were reflecting onto a body of water. Named for the Hellbrunn palace in Austria, built in the 1600s, the design likely refers to the palace’s renowned therapeutic springs.

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