Friedrich Bagdons was born on August 7, 1878 in Kowarren, East Prussia. He initially trained as a wood sculptor in Königsberg and then studied sculpture at the teaching institution of the Berlin Museum of Decorative Arts from 1895 . His teachers included Wilhelm Haverkamp , Fritz Heinemann and Karl Ludwig Manzel . He completed this course successfully in 1902.
Four years later he was appointed head of the sculpting class at the newly founded Dortmund School of Crafts and Applied Arts . His students included the church interior designer Friedrich Press and the daughter of the Hoesch company director Emil Bohnstengel, Margarete, whom he married on August 2, 1913.
Friedrich Bagdon's first prominent work was a design for wooden doors for the New Marstall in Berlin . After starting teaching in Dortmund, he received public and private commissions. The first major orders arose as a result of the First World War when he created nail figures in Dortmund, Hagen and Recklinghausen . In the post-war years he mainly designed war memorials , these also outside of Westphalia in Freudenstadt and Baden-Baden . In 1927 he received the state commission from the Westphalian Provincial Parliament for a monumental bust of the late President Friedrich Ebert .
Bagdons was of German nationalism , but after the National Socialists came to power, he was banned from teaching and professions. However, this was canceled again in 1934 and Bagdon created a bust of Adolf Hitler. His last completed work was a colossal statue of the Reich President Paul von Hindenburg in the Tannenberg monument , which he completed in 1935. In the previous competition he was able to prevail against Fritz Klimsch , among others . Friedrich Bagdons died in Dortmund on March 7, 1937.
- 1909: Wedding relief at the Wetter town hall
- 1915: Iron Reinoldus nail figure in Dortmund (destroyed in World War II)
- around 1915: Iron blacksmith nail figure in Hagen (in the Hagen City Museum)
- 1920: Relief work for the Union administration building , later the United Steel Works on Rheinische Strasse in Dortmund (Architects D. & K. Schulze )
- 1922: Memorial for 31 children who died as a result of mushroom poisoning in the Catholic cemetery on Wittener Strasse in Castrop-Rauxel
- 1923–1924: allegorical figures for the office and commercial building of the Sparkasse Dortmund (since 1983 Museum for Art and Cultural History Dortmund ) in Dortmund, Hansastraße 3 / Museumsgasse
- 1924: Memorial at the south west cemetery in Dortmund (architect Hans Strobel )
- 1925: Memorial for the 136 miners of the minister Stein colliery who died in a firedamp explosion at Dortmund's north cemetery
- 1927: Frederuna Fountain in Herdecke
- 1928–1929: Architectural work at the Bochum police headquarters
- around 1930: War memorial in the ruins of the Hohensyburg in Dortmund
- 1935: Hindenburg statue in the Tannenberg memorial near Hohenstein (East Prussia) (destroyed towards the end of the Second World War)
- Bagdons, Friedrich. In: Robert Volz: Reich manual of the German society . The handbook of personalities in words and pictures. Volume 1: A-K. Deutscher Wirtschaftsverlag, Berlin 1930, , p. 57.
- Uwe Fleckner, Jürgen Zänker: Friedrich Bagdons (1878-1937); A sculpting career from the German Empire to National Socialism. (Catalog and catalog raisonné for the exhibition in the Museum for Art and Cultural History of the City of Dortmund) Gerd Hatje Verlag, Ostfildern 1993, ISBN 3-7757-0407-8 .
- Uwe Fleckner: Bagdons, Friedrich . In: General Artist Lexicon . The visual artists of all times and peoples (AKL). Volume 6, Saur, Munich a. a. 1992, ISBN 3-598-22746-9 , p. 270.
- Literature by and about Friedrich Bagdons in the catalog of the German National Library
- Report of the Westfälische Rundschau from August 6, 2008
- Jürgen Zänker: Bagdons, Friedrich . In: Hans Bohrmann (Ed.): Biographies of important Dortmunders. People in, from and for Dortmund . tape 2 . Klartext, Essen 1998, ISBN 3-88474-677-4 , p. 7th ff .
- "Pilzkinder" - monument protection for grave on St. Lambertus cemetery
- Modern designs, issue 5/1925
- Police buildings in the Ruhr area
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German sculptor|
|DATE OF BIRTH||August 7, 1878|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Kowarren|
|DATE OF DEATH||March 7, 1937|
|Place of death||Dortmund|