Robert Jacobsen

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Robert Jacobsen
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Robert Julius Tommy Jacobsen

(1912-06-04)4 June 1912
Died26 January 1993(1993-01-26) (aged 80)
Tågelund, Denmark
Resting placeVestre Kirkegård in Copenhagen
OccupationSculptor and painter
AwardsThorvaldsen Medal (1967)
Prince Eugen Medal (1974)
Order of the Dannebrog (1983)

Robert Julius Tommy Jacobsen (4 June 1912 – 26 January 1993) was a Danish sculptor and painter. The Danish Robert Award award is named in his honor.[1]

Komposition in Eisen (composition in iron) located in front of the UNIQA building at Leopoldstadt, Vienna
Tørskind Man sculpture at the Tørskind Gravel Pit sculpture park.


Jacobsen was born in Copenhagen. He was self-taught as a sculptor. During World War I, he worked with Danish modernist artists such as Asger Jorn, Carl-Henning Pedersen and Egill Jacobsen. They participated in the circle around the journal Helhesten and would later came to make up the COBRA-movement. Although Jacobsen had a connection with the CoBrA artists, but he never was a member of their group.

In this period he created massive granite and sandstone structures which he called "Mythical Creatures" (Danish: Fabeldy ). In the late 1940s, he creates a group of sculptures which he called "Dolls" (Danish: Dukkerne).[2]

He traveled to France with his colleague Richard Mortensen and lived there from 1947–69. During his time in France he began creating sculptures in cast iron.[3] In France he received the nickname "Gros Robert" (Danish:Store Robert).[4]

From 1962–81, he was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich ( Kunstakademie der Bildenden Künste) in Munich. In 1969 he moved to Tågelund, west of Egtved, Denmark. From 1976 to 1985 he was professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art, Copenhagen. From 1986 to 1991 he worked with Jean Clareboudt to create a sculpture park at Tørskind Gravel Pit near Egtved and Vejle. He also worked closely together with his son-in-law and artistic assistant, Bernard Leauté. Robert Jacobsen died in 1993, aged 80, at home in Tågelund. He was buried at Vestre Cemetery (Danish:Vestre Kirkegård) in Copenhagen.


Jacobsen was awarded the Thorvaldsen Medal in 1967. He was made an honoray member of the Association of Craftsmen in Copenhagen in 1973. In 1974 he was awarded the Prince Eugen Medal by the King of Sweden. He became a Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog in 1983.[5]

The Robert Awards (Danish: Robert Prisen) have been awarded annually since 1984 by the Danish Film Academy. The awards are named after Robert Jacobsen who was the statuette's designer.[6][7]


Robert Jacobsen’s sculptures are represented at numerous museums of modern art internationally.

  • Musee d'Art Wallon (Liege, Belgium)
  • Museo de Arte Moderna (São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Von der Heydt Museum (Wuppertal, Germany)
  • Wilhelm Hack Museum (Ludwigshafen, Germany)
  • Lembruck Museum (Duisburg, Germany)
  • Sculptors Museum (Glaskasten, Marl, Germany)
  • "Kunsthalle" exhibition hall Kiel (Kiel, Germany)
  • Neue Pinakothek, (Munich, Germany)
  • town gallery Lenbachhouse (Munich, Germany)
  • "Kunsthalle" exhibition hall Emden donation Henri Nannen (Emden, Germany)
  • Didrichsenin taidemuseo (Helsinki, Finland)
  • Musee National d'Art Modern (Paris, France)
  • Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)
  • Musee de Peinture et de Sculpture (Grenoble, France)
  • Musee des Beaux-Art (Rennes, France)
  • Fond National d'Art Contemporain (France)
  • Musee Rodin Paris (France)
  • Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo, The Netherlands)
  • Nationalgalerie (Oslo, Norway)
  • Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Musee des Beaux-Art (La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland)
  • Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum (Budapest, Hungary)
  • Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, USA)
  • Fondation Herzog (New York, USA)
  • Carnegie Institute (Philadelphia, USA)


  1. ^ "Robert Jacobsen". Kunstindeks Danmark/Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  2. ^ JERNmanden Berlingske Media
  3. ^ Robert Jacobsen Galerie Birch
  4. ^ Drop Store Robert Politiken
  5. ^ "Prins Eugen Medaljen" (PDF). Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Om Robert Prisen". Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  7. ^ Flertal stemmer Store Robert ud Politiken