Anne Marie Carl Nielsen (1863-1945), Standing Bull, 1896
The small animal sculptures executed by Anne Marie Carl Nielsen may not loom large, but they have a liveliness and spontaneity that still impresses.
Indeed, the French sculptor Auguste Rodin was taken with them when he saw them in Paris.
About Anne Marie Carl Nielsen
Going against her family’s counsel, Anne Marie went to Copenhagen from the provinces and was admitted to the women’s art school there. She had her debut at the Charlottenborg exhibition at the tender age of 23 and later married the composer Carl Nielsen.
A housekeeper tended to their children, allowing Anne Marie to work with her art. She did so in spite of Carl’s great need for support and praise, and the couple experienced several rifts. She successfully did several monumental works – the horse’s head is one example – and won acclaim on a par with her male colleagues.