Luxury Design, Past & Present
Art Deco Female Nude Dancer Brass Werkstatte Hagenauer Vienna Austria circa 1930
Female depictions played a crucial role in the oeuvre of both Hagenauer brothers since the very beginning of their careers. Throughout the years they created an incredible variety of sculptures, whose main motif were the female body and soul. The range of these works varied from big to small, from erotic nudes to athletic poses and sophisticated character depictions. An important source of inspiration was the expressive dance. The Werkstätte Hagenauer even dedicated a bespoke sculpture to Josephine Baker.
This brass figure is a snapshot of a very dynamic dance. The long, elegant standing leg supports the entire body and yet conveys a feeling of lightness as if the dancer were floating. The head is turned slightly downwards over the shoulder in semi-profile, radiating a certain tranquility, a classic stylistic element of the Hagenauer brothers. The figure is strongly reduced overall and yet rich in detail, as the belly button, the eyelids and the fingers are clearly discernible.
The base, a grooved hemisphere, is reminiscent of designs from the same period, such as decorative tableware by Josef Hoffmann or lidded boxes by Dagobert Peche.
Bib.: comp. "Zettelkatalog" (paper slip catalogue) of the Werkstatte Hagenauer, 1928, No. 4500