Aksel Hansen

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Aksel Hansen
Aksel Hansen (Ludvig Grundtvig).jpg
Portrait of Aksel Hansen by early Danish photographer Ludvig Grundtvig
Born(1853-09-02)2 September 1853
Odense, Denmark
Died3 May 1933(1933-05-03) (aged 79)
EducationRoyal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Known forSculptor
Notable work
Echo, 1888

Aksel Christian Henrik Hansen (2 September 1853 – 3 May 1933) was a Danish sculptor, one of the most productive of his times.


The son of a stonemason, Hansen was born in Odense in 1853. After an apprenticeship with his father, he studied architecture at the Danish Academy (1876-1879). While following the classical tradition of Herman Wilhelm Bissen, he was also influenced by French Naturalism and the Art Nouveau style. This emerging trend can be seen in his masterpiece, Echo (1888), in Copenhagen's Rosenborg Castle Gardens, as well as in Gustav Lotze's tomb with its slender female figures in Odense's Assistens Cemetery. His statue of Uffe den Spage (1904), outside the Østerbro Stadium, shows how the Nordic character is reflected in ancient legends. Among his best known works are the six giants in the guardroom at Christiansborg Palace (1912) and the equestrian statue of King Christian IX (1912) in Odense's Royal Gardens.[1][2]

List of works[edit]

Ecjo, Rosenborg Castle Gardens, Copenhagen (1888(

  • Hans Tausen Monument, Birkende, Funen (1894)
  • Christian IV, Odense Palace, Odense
  • Ancient hunter, Dalgas Boulevard, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen
  • Ambrosius, Frederick's Church, Copenhagen

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "Aksel Hansen", Den Store Danske. (in Danish) Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  2. ^ Karin Kryger, "Aksel Hansen", Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs kunstnerleksikon. (in Danish) Retrieved 14 February 2012.