Early life and education
He competed as an individual for the Neuhausen Prize in 1854 and although he did not win, his work was praised so that he obtained the support of Herman Wilhelm Bissen and his father's permission to take up sculpture. He studied at the Copenhagen Academy of Fine Arts and then worked in Bissen's studio, learning the neoclassical tradition of Thorvaldsen. He initially undertook art and design work, then produced small bronzes, reliefs and portrait busts, with elaborate detail and embossing.
A major breakthrough and international recognition came in 1883 with what art historian Georg Nordensvan describes as the "elegant nude figure" in marble of Susanna Before the Council. His most popular work is Hans Christian Andersen of 1887 in the Rosenborg Castle Gardens, Copenhagen. In 1888 he was appointed Professor at the Art School for Women in Copenhagen.
Saabye married Anna Pauline Hansen (1822–1867) on 26 October 1858 in Rome. They had one son, engineer and entrepreneur Johannes Saabye (1860–1946). After his wife's death in Copenhagen, he married Hanne Louise Augusta Baroness Haxthausen (1831–1911) on 29 September 1869, also in Copenhagen.
Citations – books
- Bendtsen, P. H.; Vinding, Povl (1979–84). "Johannes Saabye". In Bech, Svend Cedergreen. Dansk Biografisk Leksikon [Danish Biographical Dictionary] (in Danish) (3rd ed.). Copenhagen: Gyldendal.
- Mogensen, Mogens Rafn (1992). "Jugendzeit bis 1900" [Childhood to 1900]. Biographischer Dokumentationsbericht [Carl Nielsen: The Danish Composer: Report on Biographical Documentation] (in German). 1. Arbon, Switzerland: Eurotext (Mogensen). pp. 1–260. ISBN 3-905564-00-9. Self-published but thoroughly referenced.
- Munk, Jens Peter (1994). "August Saabye". Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon [Danish Art Index and Weilbach's Art Dictionary] (in Danish) (4th ed.). Copenhagen: Kulturarvsstyrelsen [Danish National Cultural Heritage Agency].
- Nordensvan, G. G. (1916). "Saabye, August Vilhelm". In Westrin, Th. Nordisk familjebok [Nordic family book] (in Swedish). 24 (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Nordisk familjeboks. pp. 232–233.
- Weilbach, Philip (1900). "Saabye, August Vilhelm". Dansk biografisk Lexikon [Danish Biographical Dictionary] (in Danish). 14 (1st ed.). Copenhagen: Gyldendal. pp. 542–544.
- "August Saabye's grave". Kendtes Gravsted (in Danish). Retrieved 12 February 2012. With photo.
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