Karl Hagedorn (1889 – 1969)
The Villa Malcontenta, Venice (1958)
Watercolour and ink
33 x 50 cm
Signed and dated 1958 lower right (dated August 23rd to reverse).
A watercolour of the Villa Malcontenta in Venice, nestled between willow trees. The River Brenta flows serenely in the foreground.
Villa Foscari is a patrician villa in Mira, near Venice, northern Italy, designed by the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. It is also known as La Malcontenta (“The Discontented”), a nickname which – according to a legend – it received when the spouse of one of the Foscaris was locked up in the house because she allegedly did not live up to her conjugal duty.
Karl Hagedorn was a painter and illustrator. He was educated in Berlin, and at the Manchester School of Technology, Manchester School of Art, and Slade School of Fine Art (where he later taught), before training in Paris under Maurice Denis. Hagedorn showed regularly at the Society of Modern Painters in Manchester, and then (from 1913 onwards), at the Royal Academy and the New English Art Club. He became a British citizen in 1914, and served in the British Army during World War I. During World War II, he sold pictures of military subjects to the United Kingdom Government’s War Artists’ Advisory Committee. He was also commissioned by the Recording Britain project to produce views of Middlesex and Derbyshire.
Condition: very good.
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