Gobelin

Gobelin

c. 1945

Hanna Ingrid Elisabet Jobs

(Swedish, 1914-1995)

designer

Jobs Handtryck

(Swedish, est. 1944)

manufacturer

Plain weave bleached linen, loom width, printed

Overall: 129.2 x 111.1 cm (50 7/8 x 43 3/4 in.)

The Harold T. Clark Educational Extension Fund 1952.180

Fun Fact

The title alludes to the French tapestry maker Gobelin, the Swedish word for tapestry “gobeläng” as well as the designer’s nickname “Gocken.”

Description

In the mid-1940s, Ingrid Jobs, affectionately called “Gocken,” began experimenting with folklore motifs in her designs. Through its pastel colors and representations of apple trees, Gobelin looks distinctly Swedish. Symbols of Sweden’s rich cultural heritage abound throughout the composition, such as the small Dala horse in the cabinet hutch and the vignette of Swedish dancers celebrating the midsummer festival.

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