Karl Hagedorn - Radwar


Karl Hagedorn
Radwar 5, 1966
Etching, 6 ½” x 8”
Gift of Albert Tacconelli

Born in Guentersberge, Germany, Karl Hagedorn studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Munich.  His early works were figurative, but he is best known for his geometric and mechanical abstract drawings and paintings.  He supported himself by designing and executing mosaics, murals and stained glass windows until his emigration to the United States in 1959.  Hagedorn lived in St. Paul, Minnesota, working as a free-lance artist and teaching at Hamline University and at St. Paul Art Center.  In 1967 he had his first major solo exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.  He later moved his studio to New York and continued to exhibit his work in the United States and Europe.

Radwar 5(1966) is part of a series of etchings that absorbed Karl Hagedorn in a period of concern for the ramifications of possible nuclear catastrophe.  The title, Radwar, refers to Radio-Active Warfare, and the grotesque figure that represents the subject reflects his social anxiety and fears.