20th Century Czech Glass Design Drawings
The Steinberg Foundation Collection in the Rakow Research Library
In 2001, the Rakow Library acquired a collection of more than 1,500 original design drawings for glass, dating from the 1940s to the 1970s, amassed by the Steinberg Foundation in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. The drawings show how Czech artists explored and transformed abstract ideas into glass, despite political repression in the country. Many of the original sketches match objects in the Museum’s collection of Czech glass.
The designs also reflect the Czech desire to create a strong, national identity for its glass. Created with watercolor, gouache, charcoal, and pencil, this collection sheds light on an important period in 20th-century Czech art. It also provides insight into the ways in which an artist develops an idea from two to three dimensions.