Herman Wilhelm Bissen

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Herman Wilhelm Bissen
Herman Wilhelm Bissen (Christian Albrecht Jensen).jpg
Born (1798-10-13)13 October 1798
Schleswig, Schleswig-Holstein
Died 10 March 1868(1868-03-10) (aged 69)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Education Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Known for Sculpting
Movement Danish Golden Age, Neoclassicism

Herman Wilhelm Bissen (13 October 1798 – 10 March 1868) was a Danish sculptor.

Bissen first studied painting in Copenhagen, then became a pupil of the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. In 1824, he travelled to Rome and met Christian Daniel Rauch in Berlin. Under the influence of Thorvaldsen, his style changed from romanticism to neo-classicism. Back in Denmark, Bissen became professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen in 1834, changing in style to realism. Among his works are the monumental Landsoldaten (1858) in Fredericia and the Isted Lion (1862) (originally in Flensburg, over Berlin and Copenhagen and back to Flensburg) and many smaller pieces.

Prince Paris by H.W. Bissen, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

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Preceded by
Jørgen Hansen Koch
Director of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
1850–1853
Succeeded by
Wilhelm Marstrand