Johannes Bjerg

Johannes Clausen Bjerg (26 January 1886 – 17 February 1955) was a Danish sculptor who worked primarily in the El Greco-style.[1][2]

Johannes Bjerg

Early lifeEdit

Born in Ødis near Kolding, Bjerg attended the Latin School in Kolding before serving an apprenticeship with A.L. Johansen & Son in 1907 during which he created an oak bust of his father. Thereafter he spent an extended period in Copenhagen (1908–11) during which he created a silver medal for a bronze bust of his father. In 1911, he went to Paris to associate with progressive artists of the times such as Picasso, leading to his Cubic bronze bust of the Finnish sculptor Bertil Nilsson (1912).[2][3]


While in Paris, Bjerg became a member of Section d'Or association, in which Auguste Agero (1880–1945) became a source of Cubic inspiration. With the outbreak of the First World War he returned to Denmark where he crafted Abessinieren (1915), followed by Den svangre (1918), Elskovskampen (1922) and Danaide (1923), of which copies were installed in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odensen.[3] He later created monuments and statues of other figures which were installed in many Danish towns and cities.[1] From the mid-1920s, he became Denmark's most prominent sculptor creating numerous official monuments in the traditional Danish Neoclassical style.[3]

From 1922, Bjerg was a member of Den Frie Udstilling. In 1945, he became a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where he was director from 1943 to 1946.[1]


Bjerg was awarded the Thorvaldsen Medal in 1944.[3]

Memorial wall from 1961 in Ødis


  1. ^ a b c "Johannes Bjerg". Den Store Danske (in Danish). Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Johannes Bjerg" (in Danish). Dansk Biografisk Leksikon. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Dorthe Falcon Møller. "Johannes Bjerg" (in Danish). Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved 27 October 2014.


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