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Karl Hagedorn: Rhythmical Expressions

[ Exhibition )

Portrait of man with red hair and blue eyes with a pipe in his mouth

Karl Hagedorn, Self-portrait with Pipe (c.1915) © The Artist’s Estate, courtesy of Liss Llewellyn Fine Art

Discover an unjustly forgotten artist

The paintings of German immigrant Karl Hagedorn (1889 – 1969) are some of the earliest and boldest examples of post-impressionist work produced in Britain.

Hagedorn’s early works baffled art critics of the time with their strange colours and sharp angles.

He believed that art did not need to represent its subject in a conventional manner now that photography could fulfil that purpose. His paintings (which he called ‘rhythmical expressions in line and colour’) were heavily influenced by other European artists such as Pablo Picasso, Gino Severini and Henri Matisse.

Created in partnership with Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, this was the first exhibition of Hagedorn’s work in nearly 25 years.

Exhibition catalogue

Find out more about Karl Hagedorn and his work in our accompanying exhibition catalogue, available from Pallant Bookshop.

Buy the catalogue

Published by Liss Llewellyn Fine Art to accompany the exhibition. With 117 illustrations and essays by Alistair Smith and Richard Cork, the catalogue explores the life and work of Manchester’s first Modernist.

Original expression of individuality is the greatest form of art – only few have attained it and those few only by dint of much thinking.

Karl Hagedorn

A sepia toned photograph of a man sitting in a desk chair with a pipe in a room covered with books and fabric