Per Hasselberg was one of Sweden's leading sculptors towards the end of the 19th century - mainly known for his sensual sculptures, often female figures. A catalogue containing his works was published in connection with a large retrospective exhibition at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde in 2010.
Few Swedish sculptors have, as Per Hasselberg, reached into Swedish homes. On pedestal tables and ateniens, the replicas and castings of his Snöklockan, Vågens tjusning and Grodan - sculptures whose names bear witness to the artist's strong feelings for nature, but also of the 19th century flower poetry.
Per Hasselberg was born near Ronneby in 1850. The road to celebrated sculptor went through being an apprentice in carpentry and ornamental sculpture. In 1876 he received a so-called professional scholarship to travel to Paris. The following year he was admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, which was then the most renowned educational institution for sculptors. At the 1881 Salon in Paris Hasselberg's Snöklockan (Spring Snowflake) was accepted. The sculpture was rewarded with an honourable mention which lead to the sculptor’s definitive breakthrough and entry into the Swedish art scene. The Nationalmuseum ordered Snöklockan in marble, which was purchased in 1883 at a price of SEK 6,000. In the same year, Hasselberg was awarded a ‘third medal’ for the same work. Snöklockan can be found in several public spaces in Sweden, including the towns of Ronneby and Karlshamn, at Rottneros Castle and the Mariatorget square in Stockholm. It was widely spread as a figurine through Gustavsberg porcelain factory, which led Hasselberg to raise the issue of Swedish legislation regarding artistic reproduction rights. Per Hasselberg died in 1894 at the early age of 44, as a result of suffering from diabetes. As one of the most successful Swedish sculptors of his time, he is represented at The Gothenburg Art Museum, the Nationalmuseum and at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, where his sculptures are to be found both indoors and in the park.
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