Carl (Wilhelm Emile) Milles

Title:  Sitting Female Nude

Artist:  Carl (Wilhelm Emile) Milles (Swedish, 1875-1955).

Medium: Bronze

Size: 13” high x 6” wide x 7” deep.

Date: Dated “1936”

Signature:  Signed: Front right “CM”.  Signed: Lower back: “Kunst Foundry, NY” in Brooklyn, NY

About:  “Sitting Female Nude”  bronze with a dark brown patina.  Movement: Modern Art

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Carl (Wilhelm Emile) Milles

 (Swedish, 1875-1955) Michigan (1929-1955)

 Born in Uppsala, Sweden, Carl Milles, whose original surname was Anderson, was a sculptor in the classical style of figures and monuments and was a long-time professor of sculpture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  Many of his works are in that museum.

He first studied sculpture at the Technical School in Stockholm, and then attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris and worked in Rodin’s sculpture atelier.  Before coming to America in 1929, he was “recognized as Sweden’s leading sculptor” and was also a professor of modeling at the Royal Academy of Stockholm.  However, his unique, flamboyant style offended many persons, which led to his emigration.

In 1945, he became a United States citizen.  He did over a hundred public works, mostly in bronze and received many honors including the French Legion of Honor and many honorary doctorates from American and European universities.  One of his pieces, Man and Nature, was installed in 1937 in New York City at One Rockefeller Center in the main lobby on the west wall.  It is composed of huge blocks of carved Michigan pine, pressed together with glue under tremendous pressure.  The work was made at Cranbrook Academy with his students participating in the project.  An accompanying silver bird was made in the Cranbrook jewelry studio.

Other venues for installed works by Milles are the City Hall of St. Paul, Minnesota; fountains in St. Louis and Chicago; and a monument in Wilmington, Delaware.

In the 1950s, he returned to Sweden and established the Milles Gardens as a museum for his own work.

Memberships in the United States include the National Sculpture Society and the National Institute of Arts and Letters.