Length of furnishing fabric: Oomph
For Nordiska Kompaniet's Textilkammare (Swedish)
Object Place: Sweden
Overall: 236.2 x 87 cm (93 x 34 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Cotton plain weave, screen-printed
Not On View
Abstract design of triangles arranged in circular swirls, printed in two shades of blue, green, purple and black. Printed in selvedge: “Oomph / Komp Av Viola Grasten / NK’s Texilkammare”
The MFA recently purchased two late 1950s textiles by Scandinavian designer Viola Grasten that are part of a monochromatic series based on trees. But Grasten was equally famous for her use of deep, saturated colors, as seen here. “Oomph” is her most famous design, and a testament to her skill as a colorist. This length is believed to be an early printing, and is in excellent condition.
Purchased through internet auction by Susan Ward, 2006; Purchased by the MFA, March 21, 2007
Edwin E. Jack Fund
Reproduced with permission.