Kai Nielsen 1882-1924

Famous and often imitated Danish sculptor from Funen (one of "Fynboerne"). Uses very often roundish and emotional characters who keeps a sharply defined focus within the sculpture's own framework. The motive is usually women - Eve-characters. His poor health and infertility caused him, probably, to also use babies and motherhood as a motif. He had a theory about his characters as a special spatial relieff.
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Kai Nielsen 1882-1924: Leda and the swan, 1918. Sandstone. Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.

Kai Nielsen 1882-1924: Leda and the swan, 1918. Sandstone. Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.

Leda (without the swan) 1937 placed outside Svendborg Library. Its in fact a copy made after an original from 1920.

Leda (without the swan) 1937 placed outside Svendborg Library. Its in fact a copy made after an original from 1920.

Leda and the Swan.

Leda and the Swan.

Venus med æblet (Venus With The Apple), Enghaveparken, Copenhagen 1929.

Venus med æblet (Venus With The Apple), Enghaveparken, Copenhagen 1929.

Blågårds Plads, Copenhagen where Kai Nielsens main work was completed on site 1913-15. In total 18 sculptures perfects the square. In my opinion one of the greatest works of a Danish artist ever.

Blågårds Plads, Copenhagen where Kai Nielsens main work was completed on site 1913-15. In total 18 sculptures perfects the square. In my opinion one of the greatest works of a Danish artist ever.

Portrait of Kai Nielsen made 1918 by his friend Johannes Kragh. The portrait-bust  was bought as Nielsens fame rose, and was placed in Svendborg where Kai Nielsen was born.

Portrait of Kai Nielsen made 1918 by his friend Johannes Kragh. The portrait-bust was bought as Nielsens fame rose, and was placed in Svendborg where Kai Nielsen was born.

Kai Nielsen's bronze sculpture on the square in Faaborg, Funen, Ymerbrønden (The Well Of Ymer) performed 1912-13 tells the creation story in Norse mythology about the original giant Ymer (Ymir), drinking milk from the cow Audhumblas's udder

Kai Nielsen's bronze sculpture on the square in Faaborg, Funen, Ymerbrønden (The Well Of Ymer) performed 1912-13 tells the creation story in Norse mythology about the original giant Ymer (Ymir), drinking milk from the cow Audhumblas's udder

To søstre [Two Sisters],  "KUNSTEN" - Museum of Modern Art Aalborg

To søstre [Two Sisters], "KUNSTEN" - Museum of Modern Art Aalborg

Vandmoderen (The Water Mother), Glyptoteket, Copenhagen - possibly the most famous work by the artist - his signature.

Vandmoderen (The Water Mother), Glyptoteket, Copenhagen - possibly the most famous work by the artist - his signature.

Kai Nielsen

Kai Nielsen


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