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Boat with African woman Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1940

SKU 917

Sailing boat with African woman, Mod. Nr. 3726, Werkstatte Hagenauer Wien, cast brass, ca. 1940, marked

  • Height: 40cm, Width: 45cm, Depth: 17cm
  • 1940 to 1945
    Technique: brass, cast, partly patinated, polished

    marked with “wHw” in the circle, “MADE IN/VIENNA/AUSTRIA” bib: comp. “Hagenauer Zettelkatalog 1957” (paper slip catalog), reprint Vienna 2011, mod.no. 3726; Olga Kronsteiner, Monika Wenzl-Bachmeier (ed.), Hagenauer – Viennese Modernism and New Realism, exhibition catalogue Wagner:Werk Postsparkasse, Vienna 2011, p.74-82

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    In the 1920s of the 20th century, foreign continents increasingly exerted a great fascination with their exotic cultures on Europe. For example, the 1931 Paris Colonial Exhibition (Exposition coloniale internationale) attracted an incredible 33 million visitors in just six months and had a lasting impact on European arts and crafts.
    During this time, the Werkstatte Hagenauer produced their first figurines in the African style and achieved great success. The design of this sleek sailboat with an African woman dates back to the 1930s. In a typical manner, its shape is highly reduced and stylized.

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    Werkstätte Hagenauer – stylistic evolution and importance

    Today, the Werkstatte Hagenauer is rightfully among the most important Austrian Arts & Crafts manufacturers of the 20th century. The clear, strict formal language combined with dynamic poses and the usage of brass, nickel-plated, patinated or bare, along with copper, alpaca and exotic wood shows a high level of recognition.

    However, it took the siblings Karl and Franz Hagenauer quite some time until they developed their own unique style. Karl and Franz both attended the Vienna School of Arts & Crafts and studied under Josef Hoffmann, Oskar Strnad, Anton Hanak and Dagobert Peche.

    Until the closure of the Werkstatte Hagenauer on December 30, 1987, art objects of outstanding quality were still being produced. The siblings Karl and Franz Hagenauer strongly contributed in coining the term „design“ through their legacy and are surely among the most influential Austrian artists of the 20th century.

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