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Two horses Werkstatte Hagenauer ca. 1940

SKU 939

Metal sculpture two galloping horses mod.no. 4552, Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna, late 1940s, patinated brass, marked

  • Height: 20cm, Width: 30cm, Depth: 8cm
  • 1945 to 1950
    Technique: brass, cast and patinated, wooden base

    marked with “wHw” in the circle, “HAGENAUER/WIEN”, “MADE IN/AUSTRIA”, “Handmade” Bib.: comp. Two horses mod.no. 4552, documented photograph in the Hagenauer Archive at MAK Vienna, inv. no. HAF 1367

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    Werkstatte Hagenauer produced figurines of horses in various materials such as metal or wood. With their designs the brothers Karl and Franz Hagenauer perfectly succeeded in capturing dynamic movements of the beautiful animals.
    The formal language is typical for the Werktstatte Hagenauer in the period around 1940, reducing it to the essential, elegant and playful. Galloping or rising horses are depicted both individually placed or as seen here, in groups of two or more animals, forming small lively sceneries. Like motion studies, the Hagenauer brothers masterfully capture the dynamics of movement in a sculptural snapshot.

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    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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