JACOBSEN, Niels Hansen
(b. 1861, Vejen, d. 1941, Vejen)

Biography

Jacobsen, Niels Hansen (also Hansen-Jacobsen, Niels) was a Danish sculptor and ceramist who is famous for making the, at the time of creation, controversial sculpture, Troll Who Can Smell Christian Blood.

He was born and raised in the small town of Vejen. He completed his studies in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen from 1884 to 1888. At the academy he met his first wife, Anna Gabriele Rohde (1862-1902). She was herself an artist, as well as being related to the painter Johan Rohde. From 1891 until after the turn of the century, the couple lived in Paris.

Gabriele died suddenly in 1902 while the couple was spending a holiday in Denmark. Soon afterwards Jacobsen gave up their home in Paris and settled in his hometown Vejen, living in The Hut, a pensioner's house on the family farm. In 1908 he married Kaja Jorgensen (1882-1928), a grocer's daughter from Vamdrup. Jacobsen lived there until his death in 1941. His studio was later turned into a museum.



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