Ville Vallgren

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Carl Wilhelm "Ville" Vallgren (December 15, 1855 – October 13, 1940) was a Finnish sculptor. His best-known work is the statue of Havis Amanda in Helsinki.[1]


He was born in Porvoo, and long resident in Paris, whither he went in 1878, after studying architecture in the Helsinki Polytechnic. He entered the École des Beaux-Arts, studied under Cavelier.


His mirrors, figurines, lamp stands, urns, and candelabra established his reputation as a decorative artist. Of his statues and portraits, several are in New York City in the Vanderbilt collection, notably “Death and Resurrection” and “A Breton Girl.” His works in Finland include a “Mariatta,” in the Imperial Castle, and a “Head of Christ” in the National Museum at Helsinki. The marble group “Maternity” is in the Museum of Arras, and a bronze statuette, “Youth,” in the Berlin National Gallery.[2]


  1. ^ Neil Kent (2004). Helsinki: a cultural and literary history. Signal Books. ISBN 1-902669-74-6.
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Vallgren, Villé" . New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.

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