Monday, September 8, 2014
Gustav Vigeland 1
Our recent trip to Norway was only two days, so when I say its highlight was the sculptures of Gustav Vigeland, you might not think that much of an endorsement. But I suspect that had the trip been two months, it would still be true. Vigeland (1869-1943) hung out with Rodin in his youth -- that influence is obvious in his monumental but always human figures -- and his masterpiece is the vast installation of 212 statues in Frogner Park in Oslo.
As I was with Rodin, I am a bit disturbed by the fact that the artist's hand never touched the finished work, but of course if he had carved the stone himself he would probably have finished only one tenth of the statues and we would be the losers.)