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date: 21 November 2019

Fogelberg, Bengt Erlandlocked

(b Göteborg, Aug 8, 1786; d Trieste, Dec 22, 1854).
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(b Göteborg, Aug 8, 1786; d Trieste, Dec 22, 1854).

Swedish sculptor and archaeologist. He studied from 1803 at the Kungliga Akademi för de Fria Konsterna, Stockholm, where he joined those who opposed its conservative method of education. He belonged to the influential circles in early 19th-century Swedish art and literature that promoted a more realistic style and Romantic subject-matter, in particular Old Norse themes. In 1818 Fogelberg successfully exhibited plaster sketches of Odin, Thor and Frey (Stockholm, Kun. Akad., on dep. Ulriksdal, nr Stockholm, Orangerie Mus.). They were the starting-points for Fogelberg’s most celebrated monumental works, which were executed much later in marble (in a greatly revised state), commissioned by Karl XIV Johan (reg 1818–44): Odin was produced in 1830 and Thor and Balder in 1844 (all Ulriksdal, nr Stockholm, Orangerie Mus.). The works derive from antique sculptures, but in Odin and Thor Fogelberg conveyed in a personal way a realistic and slightly barbaric power that corresponded to the contemporary view of these figures as the Nordic equivalents of Jupiter and Mars....

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G. Lilja, ed.: Svenska konstnärslexikon, 5 vols (Malmö, 1952–67)