Karl Hagemeister

Hagemeister, Karl

1848 Werder an der Havel ‐ 1933 Werder an der Havel

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Karl Hagemeisetr was one of the great landscape painters of the period of change to Impressionism and Expressionism.



Born in Werder an der Havel, Karl Hagemeister made his debut with Friedrich Preller d. Ä. a painter training and studied until 1873 at the princely free drawing school in Weimar. He undertook several study trips to Dresden and the Hintersee in Berchtesgadener Land. In the Meyer collection of paintings in Dresden impressed him the works of the French landscape painting - the painting of the school of Barbizon. In particular, the images of artists such as Courbet, Diaz, Daubigny, Millet or Rousseau influenced Hagemeister in his work.


Friendship with Carl Schuch

In addition to this progressive landscape painting, the encounter with the painter Carl Schuch, who stayed at Hintersee around 1873 and maintained contact with the Wilhelm Leibl circle, was influential. Both understood the "landscape" as a harmony with nature, from which it was necessary to draw. Joint years of work promoted the mutual painterly development and let them in 1880 in Kähnsdorf, located on Lake Seddiner, come together. After further trips to Vienna, Salzburg, Brussels and with Wilhelm Trübner together to Italy and he returned in 1884 finally to Werder.

Berlin Secession

In 1898 Karl Hagemeister was one of the founding members of the most modern artists association in Germany, the Berlin Secession. Founded as a counter movement to the official art policy of the empire, the art of the Berlin Secession pioneered the impressionist style in Germany. In addition to artists such as Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth and Max Slevogt, Karl Hagemeister also influenced the style of painting of the German impressionism.


Breakthrough and professorship

At the end of 1912, the first major exhibition of the landscape painter took place in Munich, which will also be presented in Berlin and Hamburg. From this point Hagemeister's artistic breakthrough has been accomplished throughout Germany. In 1914 he was appointed "Royal Prussian Professor" and in 1923 on his 75th birthday member of the Prussian Academy of Arts.


Museums and collections

Works by Hagemeister can be found in numerous German museums, including the Bröhan Museum in Berlin.

Works of art

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