Josef Goller

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Mosaic at the entrance of Christuskirche Bischofswerda (together with Villeroy & Boch)

Josef Goller (25 January 1868 in Dachau – 29 May 1947 in Obermenzing) was a German designer, most notably of stained glass.[1]


Goller was apprentice at Franz Mayer & Co. and attended the School of Applied Arts in Munich. After a first employment in Zittau he came 1890 to Dresden where he joined the well-known company for stained glass of Bruno Urban, later he became Urban's partner.[2] From 1906 Goller taught at the School of Applied Arts in Dresden, from about 1909 as professor.[3] Among his students were Otto Griebel (stained glass) and Friedrich Kurt Fiedler (graphics). In 1928 Goller returned to Munich.


He created stained glasses for town halls in Nuremberg, Dresden, Chemnitz and for many churches and schools in Saxony, the synagogue of Görlitz, but also for the windows of the neo-Baroque Kaiserpalast, Dresden's most impressive private building that time, Dresden Zoo and Leipzig Hauptbahnhof.[4] Moreover Goller designed the interior of important national and international exhibitions in Dresden,[5][6] as well as the colouring of the foyer in the Semperoper.[7]

Goller became known for his works in Art Nouveau style, but he remained open for new influences. He was a member of Die Elbier, a post-secessionist movement led by Gotthardt Kuehl which reflected impressionism and en plein air.[8] With time Goller became a supporter of form follows function and joined Deutscher Werkbund.[9] Goller created noted posters [10] and designed books. He had friendly relations with Peter Behrens and Johann Vincenz Cissarz.


  1. ^ Josef Ludwig Fischer: Handbuch der Glasmalerei für Forscher, Sammler und Kunstfreunde, wie für Künstler, Architekten und Glasmaler. K. W. Hiersemann, Leipzig, 1914 (three works by Goller)
  2. ^ Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration. Vol. 1. Verlagsanstalt Alexander Koch, Darmstadt, October 1897–March 1898, p. 116
  3. ^ Ortsverein Loschwitz-Wachwitz e. V., Ortsverein Pillnitz e.V. (Ed.): Künstler am Dresdner Elbhang. Vol. 1, Dresden, Elbhang-Kurier-Verlag, 1999, p. 53
  4. ^ Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart: Unter Mitwirkung von etwa 400 Fachgelehrten. Ed.: Ulrich Thieme, Hans Vollmer, Felix Becker. Seemann Leipzig, Vol. 14, 1921, p. 345-346
  5. ^ German Art Exhibition, Dresden 1899
  6. ^ Dresden Art Exhibition 1912
  7. ^ Heinrich Magirius: Gottfried Sempers zweites Dresdner Hoftheater. Verlag H. Böhlau, 1985
  8. ^ Paul Schumann: Article on »Die Elbier«
  9. ^ Member list of Deutscher Werkbund, 1 May 1913
  10. ^ Karl Hoffacker: Kunstgewerbeblatt. E.A. Seemann, Leipzig, 1902

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