Jacqueline Groag (1903 – 1986) was a Czech textile designer and ceramicist. Born in Prague, she studied in Vienna at the Kunstgewerbeschule during the 1920s. Before going to Paris in 1929, Groag studied with Josef Hoffmann and Franz Cizek in Vienna and designed for the Wiener Werkstätte. She created dress materials for Chanel, Schiaparelli, and Lanvin while she was there. She married Jacques Groag, an architect and Adolf Loos follower, whose taste for austere functionalism in architecture influenced her aesthetic.
Escaped to Britian
She escaped to Britain with her husband in 1939. They settled in London, and she began to design textiles for clothing.
Groag produced designs for most of the leading textile manufacturers throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Her designs included silkscreen motifs for ceramic dinnerware made by Johsno, Matthey and colourful textile motifs in typical amorphic printed patterns for David Whithead.
Her designs appeared on wallpaper, laminates, carpets and greeting cards and even Liberty book matches.
Selection of Works
Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.
Museum, V. and A. (n.d.). Textile design: Jacqueline Groag: V&A explore the collections. Victoria and Albert Museum: Explore the Collections. Retrieved November 7, 2021, from https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O56354/textile-design-jacqueline-groag/.
Watt, A. (2014). Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag: Denver Art Museum May 19, 2013–November 3, 2013. West 86th: A J, 21(1), 138-141. doi:10.1086/677876
You may also be interested in
Czech cubism influenced by the forms of contemporary cubist painting seen in Prague’s galleries and salons at the beginning of the 20th century. Czech Cubism embraced architecture, design and decorative arts and flourished most prolifically in the years immediately preceding and following the outbreak of the First World War.
Frantíšek Kysela (1881 – 1941) was a Czech designer and teacher. He was born in Kourim. Between 1900-04 and 1905-08, he studied at the School of Decorative Arts Prague, under K. Mašek. 1904-05, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague: under H. Schwaigr. In 1913, he became a professor, School of Decorative Arts, Prague.