Drawing, Concept Car, ca. 1952
This is a Drawing. It was designed by Allan Kornmiller. It is dated ca. 1952 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is color pencil, brush and gouache on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
This fascinating drawing by Alan Kornmiller sheds light on the design process and presents a unique combination of sketches and designs for an automobile and its parts. At center, Kornmiller illustrates a scintillating red automobile at a three quarter angle, using shadow to simulate the ground beneath it and making the vehicle appear to be zooming out from the page. He gives particular attention to its chrome hood ornament, metallic grill, and silver dagmar bumpers. Below this polychromatic rendering, Kornmiller provides small detail sketches of the headlights, dagmars and their mechanics. The juxtaposition of the polished vehicle at the center of the drawing and the preliminary diagrams beneath emphasizes the automobile’s precision and complexity. His emphasis on the dagmars, which elongate the vehicle, also reflects the popularity of streamlined aesthetics in mid-century industrial design.
This object was
Leo Brereton and
Hampton Wayt and
purchased with funds from:
Paul Herzan and
General Acquisitions Endowment and
It is credited
Museum purchase through gift of Paul Herzan and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
Its dimensions are
47 × 62.2 cm (18 1/2 × 24 1/2 in.)
It is signed
Signed in yellow color pencil, lower right: KORNMILLER
It is inscribed
Inscribed in white color pencil, left, below headlight lens drawing: HEAD LIGHT LENS - BETTER PROTECTION; in white color pencil, below headlight movement drawing: HEADLIGHT MOVES FORWARD / ON TRACK INTO POSITION FOR / NIGHT DRIVING - WHEN RETURNED, / WOULD ACT AS SCOOP-AIR INTAKE / BETTER HEAD LIGHT PROTECTION / DRIVER COULD CONTROL VENTILATION / OF CAR MAKING THIS SYSTEM PRACTICAL; in yellow color pencil, above yellow headlight drawing: HEADLIGHT COULD BECOME / PART OF BUMPER / OR BUMPERETTES / SPRINGS; in yellow color pencil, at right above yellow reversible headlight drawing: REVERSIBLE HEAD LIGHTS - GIVES ADDED / LENGTH TO CAR - ADDED PROTECTION / FOR HEADLAMP - AIR SCOOP UNDER / HEAD LIGHT BECOMES PRACTICAL
Cite this object as
Drawing, Concept Car, ca. 1952; Designed by Allan Kornmiller (American, 1929 - 2016); color pencil, brush and gouache on paper; 47 × 62.2 cm (18 1/2 × 24 1/2 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Paul Herzan and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2017-18-24