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Themes in Art


Why are we cataloging furnature on a platform about art history? Isn't this a place for paintings? For millenia furnature has not only provided utility, but also brought beauty to our lives. Furnature may be considered one of the decorative arts, but we think it’s more than that. A king’s thrown may be a chair, but it also communicates power. A book-stand can elevate the book it holds, using craftsmanship and expense to signal importance. Furnature can tell a story about the people who use it.

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'The Rich Catch of Fish' Armchair, Koloman Moser

'The Rich Catch of Fish' Armchair

Koloman Moser, 1900
Bird-Leg Table, Méret Oppenheim

Bird-Leg Table

Méret Oppenheim, 1973
Casket with Warriors and Dancers, Byzantine Art

Casket with Warriors and Dancers

Inlaid Eisler-Terramare Armoire, Koloman Moser

Inlaid Eisler-Terramare Armoire

Koloman Moser, 1903
Lacquered Wood Chair, Koloman Moser

Lacquered Wood Chair

Koloman Moser, 1905
Purkersdorf Sanatorium Armchair, Koloman Moser

Purkersdorf Sanatorium Armchair

Koloman Moser, 1903
Sketches for Eisler Terramare High Chair, Koloman Moser

Sketches for Eisler Terramare High Chair

Koloman Moser, 1903
Stand for a Qur'an Manuscript, Islamic Dynastic Art

Stand for a Qur'an Manuscript

Sussex Armchair, William Morris

Sussex Armchair

William Morris, 1865-1890
The Laugh, Umberto Boccioni

The Laugh

Umberto Boccioni, 1911
The Peacock Room, James McNeill Whistler

The Peacock Room

James McNeill Whistler, 1877
More Themes in Art
Gardens, Themes in Art


Spend some time in a quiet place

Self-portraits, Themes in Art


The canvas mirror

Grimoires, Themes in Art


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