Gondoliera Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1940

SKU 1042 Tag

Venetian Gondoliera, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, ca. 1940, brass, marked

  • Height: 18cm, Width: 33cm, Depth: 4cm
  • 1945 to 1950
    Technique: brass, cast, partly patinated and polished
    marked with “Handmade”, “HAGENAUER/WIEN”, “MADE IN/VIENNA/AUSTRIA”, “wHw” in the circle
    5.500,00 VAT inclusive
    SKU 1042 Tag

    With their artistic objects, Karl and Franz Hagenauer catered to longings and desires that were often unattainable for many, especially during the time of privation after the Second World War. Our “Gondoliera” exemplifies the yearning for such a place of longing. Standing upright and rowing with just one oar, she navigates the slender gondola through the waterways of Venice.
    Completely in the style of Werkstätte Hagenauer, the gondola with the female nude presents itself in an extremely reduced form. As a female gondoliere, the lady guides her boat with great strength and takes us on a journey through the lagoon city. Through her elongated limbs, her body appears dynamic and, at the same time, very elegant.


    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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    Venetian Gondoliera Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna ca. 1940 brass marked
    Gondoliera Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1940

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