(Swedish, est. 1898)
Overall: 23.2 cm (9 1/8 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1938.383
Niels Edward Hald considered this vase engraving to be one of his greatest artistic achievements in glass design.
Also called Bollspelande flickor, or Ball-Playing Girls, this vase’s flattened figural motif was inspired by Matisse’s Dance. That Edward Hald was a former student of Matisse strengthens this association. Rhythm was one of Hald’s last designs in a decorative, expressionist style before producing vase engravings with more defined narratives.
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