Hoffmann, Josef

BORN 15 Dec 1870, Pirnitz (Moravia) - DIED 7 May 1956, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 14 C, Nummer 20)

Joseph Hoffmann came from Moravia. He studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he was a pupil of Karl Hasenauer and Otto Wagner. In 1895 he won the Prix the Rome and he travelled in Italy with Josef Maria Olbrich.

He worked for Wagner until he started his own company in 1898. He was also a teacher at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna (1899-1936). He was a founding member of the Secession in Vienna and in 1903 he founded the Wiener Werkstätte together with Kolo Moser.

His work for the Palais Stoclet in Brussels (1905-1911) was internationally acclaimed. In 1912 he started the Österreichische Werkbund. He designed the Villa Knips (1924-1925) for Sonia Knips (who was born Baroness Poitiers des Eschellles and was painted by Gustav Klimt). After World War II he held several official positions.

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The grave of Joseph Hoffmann at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (25 Jan 1999)


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• Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien
• Becker, Edwin & Sabine Grabner (eds.), Wenen 1900, Portret en interieur, Van Goghmuseum, Amsterdam, 1997

Hoffmann, Philipp

Published: 25 Jan 2009
Last update: 18 Aug 2022