Venetian Gondoliere, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, ca. 1940, brass, marked
With their objects, Karl and Franz Hagenauer also served longings that were unattainable for many people in the austere period after the Second World War. Our “Gondoliere” exemplifies the wanderlust for a far destination of longing par excellence. Standing upright and equipped only with one oar, he rows the slender gondola through the waterways of Venice.
The high-curved bow of the ship with metal fittings and the typical prongs unmistakably refers to the Venetian boat and transports the viewer to the Italian lagoon city.
Simple yet artistic in its reduced formal language, the Gondoliere represents the elegant design and masterful workmanship in the Hagenauer workshop. The boat is marked on the bottom.
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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