Edward Hagedorn, born in San Francisco in 1902, briefly attended the San Francisco School of Fine Arts in the 1920's. The greatest influence on his work came from an exhibition in 1926 at the Oakland Museum, curated by the legendary Galka Scheyer who showed the work of the "Blue Four," Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Alexei Jawlensky and Wassily Kandinsky. This seminal exhibition was tremendously important to the development of California artist's embrace of the "modern" in modern art, and indelibly introduced the German Expressionist movement to the 24 year old Hagedorn.
Hagedorn exhibited often in the 1920's and 30's in group shows (he never had a solo exhibition during his lifetime) with, among others, William Clapp, the author of the Manifesto of the "Society of Six," a group espousing a fauvist-influenced, lyrical and expressionist aesthetic. He also exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Hagedorn was not without critical acclaim – Galka Scheyer offered to exhibit his work, but he rejected her frequent overtures,. According to fellow artist, Paul Carey, who described his colleague: "Ed was an outsider, a 'loner,' a tall thin man with a hooked nose who walked down the street looking like a question mark; he had no use for success." Nonetheless, work by Hagedorn is listed in Scheyer's bequest to the Pasadena Art Institute, which would become the Norton Simon Museum.
Collections: Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA, Library of Congress Washington, DC
Painter and etcher, Edward Hagedorn was born in Oakland, CA on Jan. 26, 1902. Hagedorn's mother died at childbirth and he was raised by his maternal grandmother. During the 1920s he worked out of a studio in the old Montgomery Block of San Francisco and in the 1930s was employed by the Works Progress Administration. A lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay area, the latter part of his life was spent in Berkeley where he maintained a studio-residence at 2436 Woolsey Street until his death on Dec. 14, 1982. As well as oils and etchings, Hagedorn did many pencil and charcoal drawings of nudes.
Exhibited: San Francisco Art Association annual, 1925; Oakland Art Gallery, 1927; California Palace of the Legion of Honor. Works held: Oakland Museum.Read More