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Drawing, Textile Design: Violin Pattern, ca. 1930

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Tommi Parzinger. It is dated ca. 1930 and we acquired it in 1992. Its medium is brush and gouache, graphite on paper, lined. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This playful pattern of stylized violins by Tommi Parzinger captures the dynamism of jazz and swing music. Similar to Ruth Reeves’s textile designs for Radio City Music Hall featuring abstracted instruments, Parzinger uses invigorating colors, high contrast, and an all-over pattern, characteristics that would define his textile designs for the next decades. While there is no evidence that this design was ever produced, Parzinger’s work shows an approach to modernism that includes whimsical details.

This object was catalogued by Julia Pastor. It is credited Gift of Donald Cameron.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 14 × 14.3 cm (5 1/2 × 5 5/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, lower center on mat: Textile Design, Tommi (Anton) Parzinger. USA ca. 1930

Cite this object as

Drawing, Textile Design: Violin Pattern, ca. 1930; Designed by Tommi Parzinger (American, b. Germany, 1903–1981); USA; brush and gouache, graphite on paper, lined; H x W: 14 × 14.3 cm (5 1/2 × 5 5/8 in.); Gift of Donald Cameron; 1992-51-55

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

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