October 13, 2013

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 494: Rut Bryk

Lot 494: Rut Bryk

Wall relief

Designed c. 1968
Glazed ceramic
Arabia
Impressed "Rut Bryk Arabia" lower center; bears inscriptions "Rut Bryk 'Rypale'/'Grappe'/Varahy" verso
43.25" x 43.25" x 3"
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $28,125
Inventory Id: 8532

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During the late 1930s and early 40s, the Arabia ceramics factory found an increasing demand for pictorial tiles and wall reliefs. In order to respond to this demand, in 1943, artistic director of Arabia, Kurt Eckholm hired the talented graduate student printmaker and artist Rut Bryk, protégé of acclaimed art teacher Arttu Brummer. Unlike the other members of the factory's design department, Bryk had no prior experience in the study or practice in the field of applied arts. Her exceptional skills in printmaking translated perfectly into the design of tiles and wall reliefs, the zenith of which came in her design for a monumental architectural wall relief for the Rosenthal Factory in Germany, 1960.

In 1945 Rut Bryk married Tapio Wirkkala, and the two began a long and fruitful period of intense creative collaboration. During this period, Bryk's artistic style began to move away from the figurative to the abstract, of which this panel is an exquisite example.

Aav, Marianne. Finnish Modern Design: Utopian Ideals and Everyday Realities 1930-1997. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998. p 218. Print.

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