Karl Hagedorn grew up on his father's sawmill in the Harz Mountains of Weimar Republic, surrounded by machinery and products that provided, in his own words, "a kaleidoscope of geometrical planes", which would later influence his paintings. Even as a child, Karl was fascinated with art, and observing and drawing the shape and design of the objects that surrounded him.
Karl had started painting in high school, but his dream of becoming an artist seemed to be escaping him as the Weimar Republic gave away to the Nazi regime, and he was drafted to the German Eastern Front. Even after the war, time and supplies were hard to come by, and Karl's art took a sideline to helping his father run the s
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