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Painter, commercial artist, designer of fabrics and teacher, born in Berlin. After initial education in Germany Hagedorn settled in England in 1905, training in textile production. He attended Manchester School of Technology and the city’s School of Art, Slade School of Fine Art and in Paris, 1912–3, where he was in the school run by Maurice Denis. The Cubist and Futurist influences acquired in Paris profoundly affected Hagedorn’s work as shown in the Society of Modern Painters, Manchester, 1913–6; the impact of his pictures in a provincial city, before his work became more conventional, was covered in Manchester’s First Modernist Karl Hagedorn 1889–1969 at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 1994, and Chris Beetles Ltd, 1995. Hagedorn became naturalised at the outbreak of World War I, during which he served in the Army, producing war pictures.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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