Sæmundur á selnum

Sæmundur á selnum

Ásmundur Sveinsson

  • Year : 1927
  • Height : 92 cm
  • Width : 70 cm
  • Category : Skúlptúr
  • Sub-category : Málmskúlptúr

Location: Ásmundarsafn sculpture garden. After Ásmundur‘s stay in Paris, some of his work bore Cubist influence, including Sæmundur on the Seal‘s Back which is located at the University of Iceland, in Ásmundarsafn and also in Paris. The artist made the first version of the sculpture in Stockholm in 1922. It differed somewhat from this sculpture, which was moulded in plaster of Paris in 1927 in Paris. The sculpture depicts Sæmundur as he raises up his Psalter to strike the Devil-seal. The piece expresses the movement and power of the moment when the book crashes down on the Devil’s head. In terms of form, the piece comprises two opposing forces, which nonetheless come together in one continuous whole. On the one hand is the form of the seal, slanting and rounded; on the other the form of Sæmundur, embodying energy and tension. The two opposing forms are united by the seal’s tail-flippers, serving as an extension of the line of force in the figure of Sæmundur. 

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