Embrace of Life: The Sculpture of Gustav Vigeland



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Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) was a phenomenal Norwegian sculptor. 32 tipped-in color plates and 277 black & white photographs of his Art Deco sculptures of nude men, women and children. Text by Nathan Cabot Hale. Photos by David Finn.

From the publisher:

This volume has the distinction of being the first publication dealing with the work of Gustav Vigeland ever to be printed outside his native Norway. Compiled over a period of five years, it is a comprehensive exploration of this unique artist's work.

Vigeland's position has until now been undetermined in world art for two reasons. The first is that his work, with only a few exceptions, is owned by the city of Oslo and, because of a legal agreement made before the artist's death, cannot be sent outside Norway. The second is that his work often deals with sexuality in a frank and vigorous manner which has in many quarters inhibited recognition of his genius. But now that some of the barriers against sexual expression in art have fallen, it is possible to show a comprehensive view of Vigeland's lusty oeuvre. This book presents a multifaceted view of his sculpture in 277 black-and-white plates and 32 color plates of the work in his sculpture park, the Vigeland Museum, the National Gallery in Oslo, and civic monuments.


Gustav Vigeland
Nathan Cabot Hale

Condition & Attributes

Fine in Near Fine dustjacket (only light wear, very attractive)


Nathan Cabot

Publishing Information

New York
Harry N. Abrams

Physical Description

11 inches
11.7 inches
363 pages
32 tipped-in color plates and 277 black & white photographs