Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen (b. Sdr. Stenderup near Kolding 1863, d. Copenhagen 1945)

“Brummende tyr” (Humming bull), 1894. Signed A.M.C.N. (f. B). Patinated bronze. H. 11 cm. W. 15 cm. D. 6.5 cm.

Literature: Einar Utzon-Frank; “Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen. Skitser og Statuetter”, Hirschprungs Forlag, Copenhagen, ill. p. 74.

Right from the outset, Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen was a modern and strong-willed woman who pursued an artistic career – at the same time she helped provide for her family at different times. She was educated at the School for Drawing and Applied Art for Women in 1882 and later enrolled as a student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' Art School for Women from 1889–90. Even though women were only allowed equal access to education many years later, Carl-Nielsen became a well-known name on the international art scene. She participated in the World's Fair in Paris in 1889, where her exhibited sculptures were seen by her role model Auguste Rodin, and on the same occasion she met Jens Ferdinand Willumsen. The latter meeting developed into a lifelong artistic and personal relationship. Her importance for the professional struggle of female artists is indisputable. She was a co-founder of the Danish Women’s Artist Association (KKS) and later also of the artists' association Den Frie Exhibition. At the same time, she was the first female sculptor in the world to be given the prestigious task of creating a monumental equestrian statue of a king.

Already at the age of 12, Carl-Nielsen picked up a lump of clay in her family’s garden and modelled her first lamb. She eventually achieved great acclaim for her many animal statues and sketches, based on an empathetic knowledge of their anatomy as well as a great deal of ingenuity. On a study trip to Paris in 1891, she met the composer, Carl Nielsen. They married quickly and stayed together in a marriage and cohabitation that was stormy and, in many ways, ahead of its time. For long periods, the couple lived apart as both were more dedicated to their art, and despite a great sense of affection between them, the marriage was marked by infidelity and heartache.

Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen's works are currently on display at an exhibition at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek until February 2022.

This lot is part of our ongoing Theme: Female Artists


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