Karl Hartung (1908-1967)

Karl Hartung

Sphärische Form, ca. 1939
bronze, casted by the artist´s estate
Width 39 cm

Biography

1908 — Born in Hamburg.

1923 — Apprenticeship as a wood sculptor.

1925 — Studies at the Staatliche Schulen für angewandte Kunst Hamburg.

1929 — Moves to Paris.

1932/33 — Stays in Florence and familiarizes himself with the works of Donatello.

1935 — Hartung moves in the direction of abstract art, whereby the organic form retains its leitmotif quality.

1936 — Resident in Berlin.

1939 — Acquaintance with Brancusi, Hans Arp and Henri Laurens.

1941 — Military service.

1947 — Birth of his daughter Hanne.

1948 — Founding member of the “Zone 5” group

1949 — Founding member of the “Neue Berliner Gruppe” and the “Neue Gruppe”, Munich.

1950 — Art prize of the city of Berlin and founding member of the Deutscher Künstlerbund (German artists’ federation).

1951 — Professor at the Berlin Hochschule für Bildende Künste and member of the Munich artists’ group “ZEN 49”.

1955 — President of the „Deutscher Künstlerbund“.

1956 — Member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

1959 — Participation at the Documenta 2 in Kassel.

1961 — Art prize of Nordrhein-Westfalen.

1967 — Dies in Berlin on July 19th