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"Indian" Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1940

SKU 671

“Indian” with turban, Werkstatte Hagenauer Wien, ca. 1940, wood and brass, marked

  • Width: 10cm
  • Height: 37cm
  • Depth: 16cm
  • Dating: 1935 to 1940
    Epoch: Art Deco
    Technique: various woods carved, brass cast and patinated, bone
    Provenance: Private collection, Austria
    marked three times (partly difficult to read) “MADE IN/VIENNA/AUSTRIA” Bib: comp. depicted as “Hindoo-boy“ in “Hagenauer Zettelkatalog 1957” (paper slip catalog), reprint Vienna 2011, mod.no. 4054; contemporary photograph in the Hagenauer Archive at Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, inv. no. HAF 1036
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    Mischievously the young man smiles at us. His narrow eyes finely carved emphasize the character of the “Indian”. His turban, nicely tied from bright wood, makes his complexion appear even darker.

    Sloping shoulders give the young man a certain nonchalance.
    His body covered only in a loincloth, represents the “genuine exotic.” The finely draped cloth made from shiny brass stands in exciting contrast to the darkly stained wood.

    In the Hagenauer sales catalogue from 1957, the figure depicted is described as a ” Hindoo-boy”. Once again, the Werkstatte Hagenau demonstrates its virtuosic handling of wood and brass.

    Execution

    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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