Ville Vallgren

Carl Wilhelm "Ville" Vallgren (December 15, 1855 – October 13, 1940) was a Finnish sculptor. His best-known work is the statue Havis Amanda in Helsinki.[1][2]

Ville Vallgren
Ville Vallgren 1930.jpg
Ville Vallgren in 1930
Born(1855-12-15)December 15, 1855
DiedOctober 13, 1940(1940-10-13) (aged 84)
Helsinki, Finland
Known forSculpture


Havis Amanda, 1906 (reveal in 1908), his most famous work

He was born in Porvoo, and long resident in Paris, whither he went in 1878, after studying architecture in the Helsinki Polytechnic. He entered the École des Beaux-Arts, studied under Cavelier.[3][4][5]

In 1882 he married Swedish sculptor Antoinette Råström with whom he worked together. She died in 1911. The same year he married French opera singer and painter Madeleine Imbert-Rohan, but the marriage was rocky from the start and ended only two years later. That year in 1913 he moved back to Finland where he met and married his third wife, Finnish sculptor Viivi Paarmio.[3]

He died on 13 October 1940 in Helsinki, and he was buried in Porvoo.[6][7]


His mirrors, figurines, lamp stands, urns, and candelabra established his reputation as a decorative artist. Of his statues and portraits, several are in New York City in the Vanderbilt collection, notably Death and Resurrection and A Breton Girl. His works in Finland include a Mariatta, in the Imperial Castle, and a Christ in the National Museum at Helsinki. The marble group Maternity is in the Museum of Arras, and a bronze statuette, Youth, in the Berlin National Gallery.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Neil Kent (2004). Helsinki: a cultural and literary history. Signal Books. ISBN 1-902669-74-6.
  2. ^ Littorin, Pauliina (21 January 2020). "Ville Vallgren – patinoitunut veistos on nyt trendikäs". Taloustaito. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Supinen, Marja (22 April 2015). "Vallgren, Ville (1855 - 1940)". Kansallisbiografia. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  4. ^ Wahlström, Marko (15 December 2019). "Sisarukset loivat tarinan possuystävästä – Ville Vallgrenin elämä avautuu uudella tavalla". Itäväylä. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  5. ^ Mäkelä, Riitta (31 December 2003). "Ville yllytti herkutteluun". Kaleva. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  6. ^ Manninen, Antti (28 December 2008). "Kuvanveistäjä Ville Vallgren teki huikean uran Pariisissa". Helsingin Sanomat. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  7. ^ a b Konttinen, Riitta (30 July 2007). "Vallgren, Viivi (1867 - 1952)". Kansallisbiografia. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  8. ^ One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Vallgren, Villé" . New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Ville Vallgren at Wikimedia Commons