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Ilonka Karasz

(American, born Hungary, 1896–1981)

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Object Details

Artist

Ilonka Karasz

Date

1930s

Medium

Color screenprint on heavy wove paper

Dimensions

Image: 13 7/8 x 9 inches (35.3 x 22.9 cm)
Sheet: 20 x 12 7/8 inches (50.8 x 32.7 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Gil and Deborah Williams

Object
Number

91.037.011

Karasz studied at the Royal Academy of Arts and Crafts in Budapest before coming to the United State(…)

Karasz studied at the Royal Academy of Arts and Crafts in Budapest before coming to the United States as a young artist. Creative in many disciplines including decorative art, pottery, tiles, wallpaper design, toys, and lamps, she also became involved with the production of fabrics, rugs, silverware, china, and furniture and was the founder-director of Design Group Inc. As the use of silkscreen developed in the 1930s, Karasz became one of the first to use it for nonindustrial purposes. Her folk-style designs in bright colors, often seen in the covers she created for the New Yorker for nearly fifty years, was well suited to this new medium. (“Imprint/ In Print,” curated by Nancy E. Green with assistance from Christian Waibel ’17 and presented at the Johnson Museum August 8 – December 20, 2015)

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