Gustav Hagemann Biography

Gustav Hagemann

German

1891-1982

Biography

Gustav Hagemann was born on February 17, 1891, in Engelnstedt, Salzgitter, Germany. Hagemann attended high school in Wolfenbüttel and studied at the art school, in Kassel, Germany. After graduating as an art teacher, he became a trainee teacher in Torgau in Saxony.

He fought in the First World War between 1914-1918. After the war he studied art from 1920, concentrating on sculpture, in Munich. In 1922 he returned to Torgau, where he was hired as an art and sports teacher. Exhibiting with the Berlin gallery Ferdinand Möller, he found a degree success beginning in 1927 and continuing until 1939 primarily with the work resulting from his yearly trips to Northern Scandinavia and Lapland. Hagemann, who had already explored East Prussia and Pomerania from Torgau, undertook four-month study trips to the countries of the North from 1926 onwards often traveling by motorcycle. Hagemann also served as a soldier in the Second World War.

He again began visiting Lapland between 1950 and 1966. Many of his early prints were done after drawing by Lapland village artists. Hagemann's art is the subject of a 1981 book entitled, Gustav Hagemann, Der Maler des Nordens. ISBN 10: 3876950260.

Gustav Hagemann died on May 24, 1982, in his hometown of Engelnstedt, Salzgitter, Germany