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Drawing, Air-Fire-Water-Earth

This is a drawing. It was designed by Ilonka Karasz and made for (as the client) Katzenbach and Warren, Inc.. It is dated 1960 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is pen and ink, graphite on linen. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

These three drawings by Ilonka Karasz are original designs for mural wallcoverings manufactured by Katzenbach & Warren, Inc. in New York. Karasz’s murals were created using a blueprint method of reproduction from original drawings, including these three panels. The drawings represent an important part of the production process, but are exquisite and unique examples of Karasz’s draftsmanship. Together they complement the two sketches already held in Cooper Hewitt’s collection, which feature her designs for metal tableware.

This object was donated by Matthew L. Edelman. It is credited Gift of Matthew L. Edelman.

Its dimensions are

279.4 × 83.2 cm (9 ft. 2 in. × 32 3/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Drawing, Air-Fire-Water-Earth; Designed by Ilonka Karasz ((American, born Hungary, 1896–1981)); Client: Katzenbach and Warren, Inc. (United States); pen and ink, graphite on linen; 279.4 × 83.2 cm (9 ft. 2 in. × 32 3/4 in.); Gift of Matthew L. Edelman; 2016-37-3

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