Art - Mother and Child

Artist: Erik Poulsen 1965.

Why was this Danish artist the one chosen to decorate the schoolyard at Trondheim Katedralskole (the upper secondary school)? Although this sculpture may no doubt be associated with Alma Mater (the nourishing mother and the goddess of knowledge), the sculptor Erik Poulsen was likely chosen because his art was popular in Trondheim in 1965, when he participated in a Trondhjems kunstforening (Trondheim Art Association) "Nordic art" exhibition. This was, in fact, the only time that the artist exhibited in Norway. In Denmark, there is a similar sculpture called Stående kvinde med barn (Standing Woman with Child). The mother-child motif seems to recur frequently in Poulsen's art. 

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Text descriptions of art made before the year 2000 are taken from the book 'Skulpturguiden for Trondheim' by Anne Grønli and Grethe Britt Fredriksen. Text descriptions of art made after the year 2000 are written by Per Christiansen.