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Maria Likarz Strauss (designed by)

Maria Likarz-Strauss was one of the major textile designers of the Wiener Werkstätte. She trained at the Applied Arts School for Women and Girls from 1911 to 1915. She began working for the Wiener Werkstätte in 1912, and in 1922 she and fellow textile and fashion designer Max Snischek ran the fashion division until it closed in 1932. Likarz-Strauss appears to have contributed textile designs to the Wiener Werkstätte as early as 1912. Her work consistently emphasized abstract, geometric forms and bright, saturated colors. Whereas many of her colleagues' fabrics of the same period reflect the tendancy toward floral and vegetal motifs, Likarz-Strauss's designs clearly stood apart from the outset, anticipating the formal language of the interwar movement that became known as art deco. (Skrypzak, Design Vienna 1890s to 1930s, no. 62)
Artist
Maria Likarz Strauss (designed by)
(Austrian, 1893 - 1956)
Title
Ajax
Date
1925
Medium
Block-printed silk
Dimensions
9 3/4 x 6 3/8 in. image
Credit
Gift of Barbara Mackey Kaerwer
Accession No.
2003.37.25
Geography
Austria

Related

James and Elizabeth May (New York, NY); 18, September 1999, sold via Susan Schulman (New York, NY) to Barbara Mackey Kaerwer (Eden Prairie, MN); 21 November 2003, gifted to Elvehjem Museum of Art [now called Chazen Museum of Art]

  • Skrypzak, Joann. "Design Vienna 1890s to 1930s," Madison: Elvehjem Museum of Art, 2003. pp. 41, 77, no. 62; pl. 15

  • Design, Vienna 1890s-1930s: Elvehjem Museum of Art, 4/26/2003-6/29/2003

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