Gustav Vigeland

Gustav Vigeland (1869 – 1943) is Norway´s leading sculptor. His work can be considered as a “life frieze”, a counterpart to Edvard Munch´s. Contemporaneously he was in many ways Munch´s rival.

His fountain project from the turn of the last century developed into an enormous sculpture park at Frogner in Oslo and which was not finalised until after his death. Vigeland spent the years 1891-1896 in several voyages abroad, including Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin and Florence. In Paris he frequented Auguste Rodin´s workshop, while in Italy he experimented with ancient Renaissance artworks. In these years the themes first appeared that would later dominate his inspiration; the death and the relationship between man and woman.

Stylistically his work ranges from the crass realism of youth and the Rodin – influenced individualising mode of expression to the later voluminous, more summaric classicism hewn in granite. Public funds were provided to raise a magnificent museum in honour of his extensive artistry alongside the sculpture park in 1924 -30.