Liss Llewellyn Fine Art - 20th Century British Art

Karl Hagedorn (1889-1969)   BIOGRAPHY

Shire Oaks Farm, Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire 1923
Framed (ref: 2746)

Signed with initials and dated  KH/23

Watercolour and gouache, 13 3/4 x 20 in. (35 x 51 cm.)


Provenance: Jane Saunders.

Originally a controversial modernist, Hagedorn was one of the most colourful and original figures on the Manchester art scene in the early decades of the twentieth century. This is a rare early work and shows Hagedorn at his most graphic and original. In doing so he anticipates the style of some of the greatest British inter-war landscape painters, including many of his near contemporaries, such as Ethelbert White and Paul Nash.

We are grateful to Harry Moore-Gwyn for assistance

Karl Hagedorn (1889-1969)

Painter, commercial artist, designer of fabrics and teacher, born in Berlin. After initial education in Germany Hagedorn settled in England in 1905, training in textile production. He attended Manchester School of Technology and the city's School of Art, Slade School of Fine Art and in Paris, 1912-3, where he was in the school run by Maurice Denis. The Cubist and Futurist influences acquired in Paris profoundly affected Hagedorn's work as shown in the Society of Modern Painters, Manchester, 1913-6; the impact of his pictures in a provincial city, before his work became more conventional, was covered in Manchester's First Modernist Karl Hagedorn 1889-1969 at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 1994, and Chris Beetles Ltd, 1995. Hagedorn became naturalised at the outbreak of World War I, during which he served in the Army, producing war pictures. He showed widely in Paris and was a member of Salon d'Automne, was honorary treasurer of the RBA and showed at Fine Art work for Empire Marketing Board, Shell and Radio Times. Taught part-time at Epsom School of Art. British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and Manchester City Art Gallery hold examples. Lived at Lower Feltham in Middlesex and in London. A Hagedorn Trust exists to enhance his reputation.

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