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Drawing, Serenade, 1948

This is a Drawing. It is dated 1948 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is graphite, pen and ink 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 and catalogued by Julie Pastor. It is credited Gift of Matthew L. Edelman.

Its dimensions are

365.8 × 101.6 cm (12 ft. × 40 in.)

Cite this object as

Drawing, Serenade, 1948; graphite, pen and ink on linen; 365.8 × 101.6 cm (12 ft. × 40 in.); Gift of Matthew L. Edelman; 2016-37-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Ilonka Karasz, Works from the Collection.

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