Skupina výtvarných umělců (The Group of Fine Artists) By Moseman, Eleanor
Skupina výtvarných umělců (The Group of Fine Artists) was an avant-garde artist group active in Prague in the years 1911–17. Skupina consisted of Czech painters, sculptors, architects, designers, illustrators, art historians, and art critics. Many of Skupina’s members seceded from the Mánes Union, Prague’s dominant association for modern art, to form the new group. The foundational meeting in May 1911 was attended by Emil Filla, Josef Gočár, Otto Gutfreund, Pavel Janák, Vlastislav Hofman, František Kysela, Zdeněk Kratochvíl, Ladislav Šíma, and Václav Špála. These founders were joined by Vratislav Brunner, Josef Chochol, Vilém Dvořák, František Langer, Jan Thon, Vincenc Beneš, Josef Čapek, and his art critic brother Karl Čapek, with the later additions of Antonín Procházka and art historians Vincenc Kramář and V. V. Štech.