Karl Hagedorn (1889-1969-01)

In many ways Hagedornís career both reflects and is part of wider tendencies in art, for example, in his retreat from radical modernism in the years following the First World War, which reflects the wider ëReturn to Orderí manifested in the work of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andre Derain and Gino Severini on the continent, and artists such as Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Edward Wadsworth in Britain. His watercolours of the 1920s encapsulate the search for solace in the landscape that appears in the work of so many others of his generation. These works have a distinctive clarity and call to mind Paul Nashís question of whether it was possible to ëGo Modern and Be Britishí. As an outsider, Hagedorn was not weighed down by such a sense of tradition. In the same period he was also designing eye-catching posters that patriotically called on their viewers to ëBuy Britishí (CAT. 41) applying the lessons of European modernism to commercial advertising for the Empire Marketing Board.

Works Featured in this catalogue

Karl Hagedorn
Nude seated with left leg raised; right arm over her bowed head, circa 1910
£1,800.00
Karl Hagedorn
Study for ‘America’
£1,800.00
Karl Hagedorn
Australia I, late 1930’s
£1,600.00
Karl Hagedorn
Study for ‘America’, mid 1930’s
£1,800.00
Karl Hagedorn
Design: A Self-portrait Rowing
£875.00
Karl Hagedorn
Design with Fish Motif, circa 1960
£1,500.00