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Object ID #18633977

This is a Drawing. We acquired it in 1990. Its medium is pen and black ink, brush and watercolor, white gouache, gold paint, graphite on yellowish paper, laid down on tissue paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Austrian emigrant Joseph Urban left his mark as an architect, decorator, stage designer, and illustrator. In this jewel-like rendering of his design for the since-demolished Hotel Gibson, Urban’s concurrent emphasis on both individual details and holistic design, no doubt a reflection of his varied professional work, is evident in spades. Notable as well is Urban’s inclusion of numerous figures, suggesting an emphasis on the room’s function as a space for entertainment and social interaction and underlining the human component of decoration.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Dining Under the Stars.

  • Side Chair (USA), ca. 1925
  • painted wood.
  • Gift of Dorothy S. Teegen and Carola Teegen Walton in memory of Otto J. Teegen.
  • 1985-13-1

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Object ID #18633977; Austria; pen and black ink, brush and watercolor, white gouache, gold paint, graphite on yellowish paper, laid down on tissue paper; 1990-126-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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