Sailing boat with lady, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, ca. 1930, nickel-plated brass, wood, marked
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Following the philosophy of the Werkstatte Hagenauer, the sailboat presents itself in an expressive and extremely reduced form. The body is formed by a wooden shell in typical dinghy shape. The only attributes of the boat are an oar in the lady’s hands, as well as a sail mast with a waving flag and the sail spread. With a lot of strength/powerfulness the lady rows through foaming waves and encourages the viewer to set out for new realms.
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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