Edward Hagedorn (1902-1982) was a native of California although his place of birth is in dispute. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, he remained in this region of Northern California. A painter and printmaker, Hagedorn began his artistic career at the age of sixteen and received formal training at the California School of Fine Art (now the San Francisco Art Institute). His images, profoundly influenced by the German Expressionists, are strong commentaries on war. Under the auspices of the Federal Art Project, W.P.A. in the Bay Area, he produced a large body of linocuts and metal relief prints. Hagedorn showed with the Society of American Etchers, the Philadelphia Print Club and the San Francisco Art Association. He was included in survey exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago and was included in the exhibition America in the War. His work is included in the collections of the Oakland Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Norton Simon Museum, the de Young Museum and the University Art Museum in Berkeley.