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HERTHA HILLFON (Swedish, 1921–2013)

Medusa, ca. 1960


26" H x 28" W x 14" D

Hertha Hillfon (1921-2013), considered one of the 20th century’s foremost Swedish artists, was a prolific sculptor with an incredibly diverse oeuvre. Using up to two tons of clay per year, Hillfon produced sculptures in styles ranging from the accessible and figural to the complex, innovative and abstract, and in sizes miniature to monumental. Although her works cannot be relegated to one genre, it can be said that Hillfon approached all of her projects with consistent vigor and passion. 

In her lifetime, Hillfon was the recipient of several prestigious prizes including the Lunning Prize in 1962. Hillfon was also a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1971, where she was granted professorship. Her works are represented in the collections of numerous museums, including The Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, The Kyoto Museum, Nordenfjeldske Kunst Industrial Museum, The Graz Museum and the Rhöss Museum in Gothenburg. Her many public works include a ceramic installation in the Elite Park Avenue Hotel in Gothenburg, Frida the Rabbit (1978), bronze, Obstacle Torp Alley / Västerby hill in Rinkeby, Stockholm, Wind Daughter (1979), Mask in ceramic, upper foyer of the Berwald Hall in Stockholm, Musa (1983), ceramic sculpture in Sölvesborgs library, a tribute to Dag Wiren (about 1987), sculpture in Örebro Concert Hall, sculptures and reliefs in ceramics, subway station Danderyd Hospital and Astrid Lindgren (1996), bronze, outside Junibacken on Djurgården in Stockholm. 

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