Description & Technical information

Designed by: Franz Hagenauer, Vienna, 1977

Executed by: Werkstätte Hagenauer, model no. 1029

Marked: WHW in a circle, HAGENAUER WIEN

Nickel-plated brass, excellent original condition

H 45 cm, W 26 cm, D 20 cm

Among the most impressive and best-known works by Professor Franz Hagenauer are the depictions of human heads. These sculptures run through the work of this important designer from the mid-1920s until the end in 1986. A continuous  development and change in his work is clearly recognisable. From the initially visible parallels to contemporary works by Amedeo Modigliani or Constantin Brancusi, Franz Hagenauer developed stylistically completely independently from the mid-1930s at the latest. He always remained true to his very personal style, which made him appear so unique among many contemporaries.

When he began working as a professor of free design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, new impulses from his teaching spurred his artistic work. 

At the end of the 1960s, his initially fully sculptural figural representations gave way to designs of almost two-dimensional heads executed in a new technique: A nickel-plated brass plate served as the base, onto which tubes and other metal parts were soldered. By using only a few materials, very individual art objects of reduced production and intense expression were created. 

Sincere thanks to Dr Maria-Luise Jesch, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, Hagenauer archive, for her kind information. 

Date:  1977
Period:  20th century
Dimensions: 45 x 26 x 20 cm (17³/₄ x 10¹/₄ x 7⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: private
property, USA


Ref.: Cf. contemporary photograph in the
Hagenauer archive at the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna, inv.
no. HAF 1189


Shown at: Künstlerhaus
Wien, 1503. Mitgliederausstellung,
June 2022 until September 2022