Dancer with prancing dog, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, circa 1935, patinated brass, marked
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With their female nudes and busts, Karl and Franz Hagenauer created figurines of stunning charisma. On tiptoe and with elegantly raised leg and arms, the dancer surrenders to the rhythm. Her slender silhouette and elongated limbs emphasize her grace, and the young lady’s light movements can be felt right down to the tips of her hair.
A dog joyfully prances around the figurine, which additionally expresses the irrepressible joy of life.
The graceful dancer is well documented in Hagenauer’s sales catalog from 1957 and was manufactured with differently shaped plinths, whether -as here- wooden or metal.
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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