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Head, 1970/1975

Leopold Museum,
Chased brass, brass plinth
49.8×26.7×14 cm


  • Franz Hagenauer

    (Vienna 1906–1986 Salzburg)

  • Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This metal object is exemplary of the highly reduced figural design vocabulary employed by the sculptor and designer Franz Hagenauer (1906–1986). After the death of his brother Karl in 1956, the artist took over the Werkstätten Hagenauer, one of the most important metal workshops in Austria, acting as its director until 1986. As the workshop’s creative head, Hagenauer had explored the traces of Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) and Constantin Brâncuși (1876–1957) in Paris already in the 1920s, and created works influenced by the German Bauhaus movement and international Art Deco in equal measure. In Hagenauer’s oeuvre, the lines between artistic work and artisan craftwork were often blurred. A student of Anton Hanak’s (1875–1934), the artist did not continue his teacher’s Expressionist style but rather simplified his sculptures so consistently that the only thing left was often merely the basic form shaped by the blow of the hammer. Following on from his interwar designs, this head was likely created in the 1970s, a creative period in which Hagenauer continued his reduced style and experimented with new techniques, including enamel.

Object data

  • Design: Franz Hagenauer
  • Execution: Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien
Art movement
New Objectivity, Art after 1945
Chased brass, brass plinth
49.8×26.7×14 cm
Designated below: workshop signet: WHW in the circle; signed: FRANZ; word marks: HAGENAUER WIEN MADE IN AUSTRIA
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4206
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
Conservation patron
Erich Breinsberg

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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