Monday, June 26, 2017

Angel Musician with Flute

Angel Musician with Flute by Carl Milles, Thomas More Square, Wapping, London
“Angel Musician with Flute” by Carl Milles, 1991
Thomas More Square, Wapping
London, September 2016

“The Swedish sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955) began creating angel musicians in 1918 on the death of his closest friend, the composer Emil Sjögren in 1918. The original Angel Musician with Flute was a memorial statue, but it was followed by angels with trumpet, tuba, panpipe and clarinet. They stand, singly and in small bands, in gardens mainly in Sweden and the US, where Milles was a teacher for many years. His naked figures often offended delicate American sensibilities - he used to say that he had a ‘fig-leaf maker on retainer’. Milles worked for a while in the studio of Auguste Rodin. When he left he feared being written-off as a mere imitator of the great man, so he deliberately struck out on his own path to create figures that seem to fly or float, supported by discrete steel pillars. This one was placed in Thomas More Square when it was built in 1991, unveiled by art collector and modern architecture fan Lord Palumbo.” (Thomas More Square E1, Ornamental Passions)

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