Friedrich Bagdons

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Friedrich Bagdons (born August 7, 1878 in Kowarren , East Prussia , † March 7, 1937 in Dortmund ) was a German sculptor .

Wedding relief at Rathaus Wetter (1909)
Stadtsparkasse Dortmund, detail (1924)
Monument to the miners by Minister Stein (1925)
Hohensyburg War Memorial (1930)
Frederuna Fountain, Herdecke (1927)


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.

His artistic work encompasses various artistic styles: from historicist early work to Art Nouveau and hints of Expressionism to the statecraft of National Socialism .



  • 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, DNB 453960286 , 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.

Web links

Commons : Friedrich Bagdons  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b 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 .
  2. "Pilzkinder" - monument protection for grave on St. Lambertus cemetery
  3. Modern designs, issue 5/1925
  4. Police buildings in the Ruhr area