Bloemenwerf Side Chair

Bloemenwerf Side Chair

Henry Van de Velde, Belgian, 1863-1957
Born: Antwerp, Belgium
Work Locations: Belgium, Germany, Zurich, Switzerland
side chair
Oak and rush
Funds from 1994 Collectors' Choice

Henry Van de Velde, Bloemenwerf Side Chair, 1895–98. Oak and rush; 13 × 17 1/2 × 15 1/2 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds from 1994 Collectors’ Choice.

height: 37 in, 93.9800 cm; width: 17.5 in, 44.4500 cm; depth: 15.5 in, 39.3700 cm; seat height: 17 in, 43.1800 cm
Architecture and Design
Architecture and Design

Henry Van de Velde
Belgian, 1863–1957
Bloemenwerf Side Chair
Oak and rush
Funds from 1994 Collectors’ Choice, 1994.641

This chair gets its name from Henry Van de Velde’s home near Brussels, called Bloemenwerf. Van de Velde designed and built the home as well as its interior—from the furnishings to the wallpaper—resulting in a unified design that demonstrated the idea of a Gesamtkunstwerk (“total work of art”). The chair illustrates the designer’s skill in combining utilitarian and decorative qualities in his work. Each component exists because it is a structural necessity and the chair’s decorative qualities come from the slightly curving back and legs.

Known Provenance
Purchased 30 November 1994 from (Barry Friedman Gallery), New York by the Denver Art Museum.