Fredric Karoly (1898-1987)
Fredric Karoly (1898-1987). Dance of the Wind, 1950. Oil on canvas, 52 x 42 inches. Signed, titled and dated on reverse. Biennale of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1951 exhibition stamp on right stretcher, verso. Excellent condition with one small patched area, lower left, verso.
Frederic Karoly, a painter whose abstract oils are in the collection of the Metropolitan, the Guggenheim and the Whitney museums, died on Dec. 15 at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Manhattan, where he had made his home for many years. He was 95 years old.
The Hungarian-born artist studied painting in Paris and architectural engineering in Berlin before coming to the United States in 1926 and beginning a successful career as a fashion and fabric designer.
In 1948, while working as a fashion director for Simplicity Patterns, he had a one-man exhibition in New York of his oil paintings, wire montages, dry-pen drawings and abstract photography. He also devised a method for using standard typewriter characters to create patterns for weaving or printing.
In 1968, he received a $5,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts for his accomplishments in
the visual arts. But for the last 30 years of his life, he refused without giving any reason to exhibit or sell any of his work, according to his son, Robert E. Karoly, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.