Edvard Eriksen (10 March 1876 – 12 January 1959) was a DanishIcelandic sculptor.[1][2]

Edvard Eriksen
Born(1876-03-10)10 March 1876
Died12 January 1959(1959-01-12) (aged 82)
Resting placeVestre Cemetery, Copenhagen
Alma materRoyal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Notable workThe Little Mermaid statue, Langelinie, Copenhagen
AwardsOrder of the Dannebrog

Biography edit

He apprenticed as a wood carver, after which he trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts between 1894 and 1899.[1]

Eriksen's most famous work is the bronze statue of The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue). In 1909, Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg brewery, commissioned the work of art as a gift to the City of Copenhagen. It was set up on 23 August 1913 by the shore of the promenade Langelinie in the harbor of the old port district of Nyhavn. Two different women served as models to create the statue. Eriksen used his wife, Eline Eriksen, as the model for the statue's body and actress Ellen Price as the model for the mermaid's head.[3]

Among his other works are the allegorical statues Grief, Memory and Love made of marble in 1908 for the sarcophagus of Christian IX and Queen Louise in Roskilde Cathedral. Edvard Eriksen taught at the Royal Danish Academy between 1908–1919 and was a conservator at Thorvaldsen Museum 1930–1953.[4]

He travelled around Italy with his family learning to carve in marble and was made an honorary professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara. He was appointed Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog in 1932.[1]

Personal life edit

After marrying Eline Vilhelmine Møller (1881-1963) in 1900, they had five children. Eriksen died at Copenhagen and was buried at Vestre Cemetery.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Edvard Eriksen 1876–1959". Billedhuggeren Edvard Eriksens Arvinger I/S. Archived from the original on 5 August 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Edvard Eriksen". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  3. ^ "Historien om "Den lille Havfrue"". Lars Bjørnsten Odense. 20 March 2012. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Edvard Eriksen". Den Store Danske. Retrieved 12 December 2012.

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