Einar Utzon-Frank

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The mobile, weather-forecasting sculpture The Weather Girls at the City Hall Square in Copenhagen

Aksel (Axel) Einar (Ejnar) Utzon-Frank (30 March 1888 – 15 July 1955) was a Danish sculptor and professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. During his lifetime, he produced a large number of sculptures, many of which stand as public monuments. He was the uncle of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jørn Utzon.

Career[edit]

Einar Utzon-Frank was born in the Frederiksberg district of Copenhagen in 1888,[1] the son of Jens Christian Frank and Anna Cathrine Utzon.[2]

Utzon-Frank began his artistic life as a painter but changed direction to become a sculptor.[3] He was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1906,[4] where he became a close friend of the somewhat older Kai Nielsen. However, the two friends followed diverging paths through their creative careers, with Nielsen following a lush modernism in contrast to Utzon-Frank's clear, cool classical style which follows the tradition of Bertel Thorvaldsen.[5]

From 1912 to 1913 Utzen-Frank travelled around Europe, visiting Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Florence, Rome, Naples, Paestum, Paris and later Italy, Greece and England,[6] and many of the classical influences from his travels are evident in his work.

Academia[edit]

In 1918 at the age of 30, he was appointed a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen, a post in which he remained until 1955.[3] In his teaching, he laid emphasis on solid craftsmanship skills. He was a teacher and educator of great importance and came to dominate several generations of sculptors, including Henry Heerup, Sigrid Lütken, Janus Kamban, Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen, Gestur Þorgrímsson[7] and Douglas Bisset.[8]

Private life[edit]

He married Gerda Harriet Margrete Christensen on 4 December 1908.[5] Their daughter Grete Utzon Frank was born on 8 February 1909 in Copenhagen, and she married painter and author William Flemming Bergsøe on 21 March 1930.[9]

Works[edit]

His best-known works include:[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kulturarvsstyrelsen. "Artist: Einar Utzon-Frank". Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  2. ^ Anette Sørensen. "Einar Utzon-Frank - Genealogy". Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  3. ^ a b c "Einar Utzon-Frank". gravsted.dk. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  4. ^ Anette Sørensen. "Einar Utzon-Frank - Education". Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  5. ^ a b Anette Sørensen. "Einar Utzon-Frank - Biography". Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  6. ^ Anette Sørensen. "Einar Utzon-Frank - Travel". Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  7. ^ "Gestur Þorgrímsson - "Tvíund"". Exhibitions Hafnarborg. 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-16. [dead link]
  8. ^ Gary Nisbet. "Douglas Bisset (1908-2000)". Glasgow - City of Sculpture. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  9. ^ Tom Smidth (2007). "Maler Og Forfatter Flemming Vilhelm Bergsøe". Slægtsside for Tom Smidth. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  10. ^ "Recent Lots at Auction for Ejnar Utzon-Frank". Artinfo. Retrieved 2008-09-15.