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What is this?

Above and below the central text field, the designer creates an abstract curvilinear pattern of fractured tulips in black and white, set against a bright gold ground. Two circular orange elements, which could refer to lady bugs or other insects, anchor the composition at the center. The areas of dense black patterning are echoed in the horizontal and vertical lines framing each of the fields and the entire poster.

Why is this in our collection?

Jan (Johan) Thorn Prikker is considered, along with Jan Toorop and T. C. A. Colenbrander, among the most important proponents of the Dutch art nouveau. While maintaining a career as a symbolist painter, he also produced textile designs, posters, illustration, mosaics, mural paintings, and furniture. A deep religious belief led him to create designs for stained glass that dominated his late career. His masterpiece in this field is a cycle of windows in the Romanesque church of St. George in Cologne, finished in 1930. This powerful poster, Holländische Kunstausstellung, was commissioned by Friedrich Deneken, then director of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, for an exhibition of Dutch art at the Krefeld’s Kaiser... more

This is a poster from Netherlands. It is dated 1903 and we acquired it in 2008. Museum purchase from the Members' Acquisitions Fund of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

lithograph on white wove paper

Its dimensions are

85.4 x 121.8 cm (33 5/8 x 47 15/16 in.)

This object was lithographer: S. Langhout & Co. and designed by Jan (Johan) Thorn-Prikker

This object was purchased from Thomas Hill

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18712979/ |title=Poster, "Holländische Kunstausstellung (Dutch Art Exhibition in Krefeld)", 1903 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=31 October 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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