October 13, 2013

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 135: Ilonka Karasz

Lot 135: Ilonka Karasz

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c. 1953
Gouache on illustration board
Signed "Karasz" lower right
Image/Sheet (vis.): 16.125" x 11"; Frame: 26.125" x 20.5"
LAMA would like to thank Ilonka Sigmund for her assistance in cataloguing this work
Illustrated: The New Yorker, Volume XXIX, #6, March 28, 1953, cover.
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Inventory Id: 8173

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Ilonka Karasz (1886-1981) was the first woman admitted to study at the Royal Academy of Arts and Crafts in her native Budapest, before migrating to New York in 1913 to begin a career as an artist and designer. Karasz established the Design Group Inc., a guild of designers and craftsmen that made toys, lamps, wallpaper and various decorative items. An illustrator for several children's books, her most noted drawings were for The New Yorker; spanning a tremendous period from 1924 to 1973 in which she executed 186 covers. This illustration was used for the cover of The New Yorker's March 28th, 1953 issue. Her designs and drawings can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

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