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Critique on Carl Milles' Work

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Critique on Carl Milles’ work

Carl Milles (Carl Emil Wilhelm Anderson) was born at Orby in Lagga near Uppsala, Sweden on 23 June 1875 and died at his home in Lidingo, Sweden on 19 September 1955. He was the world famous Swedish sculptor during the first half of the 20th century. In 1892-1897, he was apprenticed to a cabinetmaker and woodworker when he left school and attended evening classes at the Technical School in Stockholm in woodwork and later in carving and modeling. He showed a talent for sculpture in the evening classes and was awarded a scholarship from the Swedish Society of Arts and Crafts. He was then offered a job in Santiago, Chile to help manage a school of Swedish gymnastics. However, he stopped at Paris on the way to Chile and remained in Paris until 1904 and attended lectures at the Sorbonne to study art. He was admitted to the salon in 1899 and later worked in the studio of Auguste Rodin. He slowly got the recognition as a sculptor.

Carl Milles in 1955

The early work of Carl Milles was Two Girls Dancing in 1917. The sculpture shows two women poised on tiptoe in a turning movement. He was enthusiastic about free dance, which was developed at that time. He attended many performances in Paris and Stockholm. So, he sculpted two dancing women. He was interested in the concept of turning and lacking gravity when he created this sculpture because dancing meant the turning movement and the dancer lost contact with the ground momentarily. And later his
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