Vigeland, Gustav

Vigeland, Gustav

(go͝os`täv vē`gəlän), 1869–1943, Norwegian sculptor. Vigeland's sculpture owed much to RodinRodin, Auguste
, 1840–1917, French sculptor, b. Paris. He began his art study at 14 in the Petite École and in the school of Antoine Barye, earning his living by working for an ornament maker. In 1863 he went to work for the architectural sculptor A. E.
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 in stylistic realism but was imbued with an unrestrained romanticism and emotionalism that far surpassed Rodin's. His great undertaking in Frogner Park, Oslo, occupied Vigeland for 40 years. He planned the park and designed numerous granite and bronze sculptural groups, illustrating the development of humanity.
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