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Karl Hartung Biography

Karl Hartung (*2 May 1908 in Hamburg, † 19 July 1967 in Berlin) is one of the most important representatives of abstract sculpture in 20th century Germany. From 1955 to 1967 Karl Hartung was chairman of the Deutscher Künstlerbund.

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In 1923, the son of a carpenter began his training as a wood sculptor in the workshops of Carl Briese. He continued his studies from 1925 at the State Schools for Applied Arts in Hamburg under the sculptor Johann Michael Bossard. In 1929, the artist received a scholarship from the Lichtwerk Foundation, after which he moved to Paris. There he intensively studied anthroposophy (literally "wisdom of man", founded by Rudolf Steiner). In 1932 Hartung moved into a studio in Florence with the painter Ilse Quast. There he worked under the influence of Michelangelo and Donatello.

Over the years, Hartung developed his very own formal language. Beginning figuratively, his work moved towards abstraction and ultimately pursued a middle course of the two directions. His work is not only reflected in his works, but also in his manifold teaching activities. He is one of the most important pioneers of modern art in post-war Germany.

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Sitzende (Sitting) by Karl Hartung contemporary artwork sculpture
Karl Hartung Sitzende (Sitting), 1948 Bronze
52 x 51 cm
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Liegende und sitzende Figur (Lying and sitting figure) by Karl Hartung contemporary artwork painting
Karl Hartung Liegende und sitzende Figur (Lying and sitting figure), 1939 Watercolor in black over makeup colors
35 x 43 cm
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Organische Form (Organic shape) by Karl Hartung contemporary artwork sculpture
Karl Hartung Organische Form (Organic shape), 1947-50 Bronze
16 x 24 x 14 cm
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Flügelform (Wing shape) by Karl Hartung contemporary artwork sculpture
Karl Hartung Flügelform (Wing shape), 1939 Bornze
30 x 34 x 25 cm
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Flügelform by Karl Hartung contemporary artwork sculpture
Karl Hartung Flügelform, 1939–1940 Bronze
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