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Name  Einar Utzon-Frank

Died  1955, Asserbo, Denmark
Einar Utzon-Frank
Education  Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

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Aksel (Axel) Einar (Ejnar) Utzon-Frank (30 March 1888 – 15 July 1955) was a Danish sculptor and professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. During his lifetime, he produced a large number of sculptures, many of which stand as public monuments. He was the uncle of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jørn Utzon.


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Einar Utzon-Frank was born in the Frederiksberg district of Copenhagen in 1888, the son of Jens Christian Frank and Anna Cathrine Utzon.

Utzon-Frank began his artistic life as a painter but changed direction to become a sculptor. He was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1906, where he became a close friend of the somewhat older Kai Nielsen. However, the two friends followed diverging paths through their creative careers, with Nielsen following a lush modernism in contrast to Utzon-Frank's clear, cool classical style which follows the tradition of Bertel Thorvaldsen.

From 1912 to 1913 Utzen-Frank travelled around Europe, visiting Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Florence, Rome, Naples, Paestum, Paris and later Italy, Greece and England, and many of the classical influences from his travels are evident in his work.


In 1918 at the age of 30, Utzon-Frank was appointed a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen, a post in which he remained until 1955. In his teaching, he laid emphasis on solid craftsmanship skills. He was a teacher and educator of great importance and came to dominate several generations of sculptors, including Henry Heerup, Sigrid Lütken, Janus Kamban, Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen, Gestur Þorgrímsson and Douglas Robertson Bisset.

Private life

Utzon-Frank married Gerda Harriet Margrete Christensen on 4 December 1908. Their daughter Grete Utzon Frank was born on 8 February 1909 in Copenhagen, and she married painter and author William Flemming Bergsøe on 21 March 1930.


His best-known works include:

  • Knælende Aphrodite (1916)
  • Atalante (1919), depicting the woman Atalanta from Greek mythology. This bronze statue is placed in the central park of Rådhusparken in Aarhus.
  • Slangedræber, the Police Headquarters, Copenhagen (1924)
  • Beatrice as poesiens genius, Dantesøjlen, Copenhagen (1924), sold in 2003 for 28,000 DKK
  • Sarkofag for Frederik VIII, Roskilde Cathedral, Roskilde, Denmark
  • Hamlet Memorial Grave, Coventry, England (192)
  • Erik of Pomerania (1926)
  • Youth, Enghaveparken, Copenhagen (1933)
  • The Weather Girls, Richshuset, Copenhagen (1936)
  • Knud the Holy, Odense, Denmark 1944)
  • Christian X (Equestrian statue), Sankt Annæ Plads, Copenhagen (1954)
  • Thorvaldsen (1953)
  • References

    Einar Utzon-Frank Wikipedia

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