Carl Milles

1875 - 1955
Origin: Sweden
Born: June 23, 1875, near Uppsala, Sweden
Died: September 1955, Millesgarden, Sweden

Born Carl Emil Wilhelm Andersson in 1875 near Uppsala, Sweden, sculptor Carl Milles began his artistic career as more of a craftsman than an artist in the traditional sense. Upon leaving school in 1892, Milles began an apprenticeship with a cabinet-maker and carpenter. He supplemented his "on-the-job" training at this point by studying woodworking in evening classes at the Stockholm Technical School. Before long, he was pursuing carving and modeling in his studies as well, and in 1897, he won a prize from the Swedish Society of Arts and Crafts. By 1899, he had work admitted to the Salon in Paris, in which city he had been living and working for about two years. While in Paris, Milles spent time assisting Auguste Rodin.

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Trumpeting Elephants (Trumpetande Elefanter)
n.d., Bronze
Carl Milles
Sweden, 1875 - 1955