Carl Milles was born in close vicinity to the Swedish university city of Uppsala. He studied at the Tekniska Skolan in Stockholm where he won a stipend to travel and he ended up studying art in Paris 1897, quite by chance. Here, he was greatly influenced by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. In Paris he also met his future wife, the Austrian Olga Grannar, also a very skilled artist. They met in 1999 and married in 1905. The couple had no children.
Carl Milles big breakthrough came in 1902 after he won a competition to create a monument in Uppsala.
Carl Milles does also have a strong connection to the US (here are a few examples of sculptures in other parts of the world than Sweden). From 1931 to 1945 Carl Milles was professor of sculpture at the Cranbrook Academy at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. His work in the USA includes fountains in Chicago, Kansas City, New York, and St Louis. Carl Milles became an American citizen in 1945 but returned to Sweden in 1951 and died at Lidingö, where his and Olga's home, Millesgården (The Garden of Milles) is located. Millesgården was donated to the Swedish people by the Milles' and is now an open-air museum of his work, known as Millesgården.
Here are a few examples of his fantastic work. I feel that Carl Milles was definitely ahead of his time and many of these sculptures are still unique ideas today. Photos are clickable and well worth a closer look....
Littlest Sister and The Ice Skater
DH and a Boar
Me and a Genius
DH, Littlest Sister, Dad and Mom admiring the
view from the lower terrace of Millesgården.
We did actually go to Millesgården to see a temporary Beatrix Potter exhibition. It was fun to see a large collection of her drawings and paintings (copies only, Britain does not lend her work to anyone). Who does not love her children's books?
Finally before bed, I have to give you a quick stitch update! The Homespun Elegance ornament got finished up on the plane over to Sweden. The Prairie Moon fob was stitched up in an evening here after I had tea dyed some of mom's white scrap linen. I just started on the "A Schoolroom Primer" kit from Milady's Needle the other morning, when I woke up from jet-lag issues at 4.30 AM, Swedish time... As you can see, the actual horn-book broke on the way over to Sweden, but I do believe that I'll be able to glue it back together again. Or maybe I can contact Milady's Needle and ask if I can buy a replacement. What do you think?
Good Night from Sweden, Take Care and Happy Stitching,