a Swedish sculptor
Carl Milles (1875-1955) is Sweden's most famous sculptor.
He was one of Rodin's assistants in Paris, was well-traveled and influenced by many sources, and he became an American citizen in 1945. His works can be found all over the world
his exhibition hall in Stockholm
Milles, Carl (1875-1955), Swedish-American sculptor. Originally named Carl Emil Wilhelm Anderson, he was born near Uppsala. From 1897 to 1905 he studied in Paris with the renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Milles returned to Sweden and taught at the Stockholm Art Academy from 1920 to 1931. Milles went to the United States in 1929 and became a naturalized citizen in 1945.
He worked and taught at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan after 1931. Milles's works include monuments, polychrome statues, portrait busts in bronze, stone, and wood, and animal pieces. Vigorous and animated, they may be described as highly stylized interpretations of ancient Greek sculpture.
He is known for his fountain sculpture, including the Orpheus fountain (1936) in Stockholm, the Meeting of the Waters fountain (1940) in St. Louis, Missouri, and sculpture groups at Rockefeller Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
Text from Microsoft Encarta
visitor one step from wading in the fountain
created for the United Nations
building in New York City
but not selected for installation
she wolf nursing Romulus and Remus
the founders of Rome
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