Lot 307


The Big Wheel
signed 'Hagedorn' (upper left)
oil on board
55 x 46cm

National Society, Belsize Gardens, London
John Noott Galleries, Broadway
Waterman Fine Art Ltd., London
Sale, Sothebys London, 13 December 2007, lot 57, where acquired by the present owner
The Darren Shan Collection

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000
Hammer price: £5,000
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Hagedorn was born in Berlin but his family moved and settled in England in 1905.  He trained at Manchester School of Art before furthering his studies at the Slade School of Art.  In 1912 he enrolled at Maurice Denis' school of art in Paris where he was exposed to the futurist and cubist movements including the work of Severini and Picasso.  In the same year he met Matisse, an encounter that meant so much to him that he kept the cigarette that the Fauvist master had given him.  Hagedorn returned to England before the war and became an important figure in the Manchester art scene.  He served in WWI in the Middlesex regiment and in the '20s exhibited at the Salon D'Automne in Paris as well as the Royal Academy, the Allied Artists Association and the Fine Art Society.  He was elected to The Royal Society of British Artists, the Manchester Academy and The New English Art Club.  Following Hagedorn's death in 1969 a retrospective was held at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester entitled 'First Modernist - Karl Hagedorn'.

Condition Report:
The board is sound and flat; paint surface is in good, clean condition; ultraviolet reveals a few scattered spots to frame abrasions on the extreme borders, otherwise original condition; held in a plain hollow frame in fair condition.

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