|Died||October 13, 1940 (aged 84)|
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.
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.
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.
Main facade of Ateneum Art Museum worked on by multiple artists, with medallion sculptures by Vallgren, 1887
Close-up of Peter Paul Rubens' medallion
Knutsson's statue facing Vyborg Castle in the 1930s
A funerary urn, 1892
Statue of Uno Cygnaeus, 1899
President Svinhufvud congratulating him for Topelius and children
Setting a wreath by his statue of Albert Edelfelt in 1930
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