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American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Frederic Karoly, American, born Hungary, 1898–1987
Manufacturer: Brunschwig & Fils, American, founded France, founded 1891

Length of fabric, “Rhythm” Pattern

Designed 1946, manufactured 1947

Serigraph print on cotton

105 × 50 1/2 in. (266.7 × 128.27 cm)
Pattern repeat: 24 1/4 in. (61.6 cm)
Gift of Brunschwig & Fils

To help bolster American manufacturing following World War II, the Museum of Modern Art in New York actively promoted contemporary design through a series of partnerships and exhibitions, such as the influential Good Design series. The museum held a textile competition in 1946, the winning entries of which were manufactured by Brunschwig & Fils and became the basis for the 1947 exhibition Printed Textiles for the Home. The designs were simultaneously shown at nineteen department stores nationwide. Frederic Karoly’s entry, Rhythm, won third place. Karoly studied painting in Paris and engineering in Berlin before moving to New York in 1926 to work as a fashion and textile designer. The dense pattern and the use of complementary colors make the composition appear to vibrate with energy.

Manufactured in New York, New York
Not on view
20th century

John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 359, no. 250.

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