KAI NEILSEN 'GRAPE HARVESTING'
An original Bing and Grondahl art pottery figurine of a standing male nude from the "Grape Harvesting" series (1919), signed (with factory marks, i.e. decoration number etc.) by Kai Neilsen.
Danish potter Kai Nielsen was born on 26 November 1882 in Svendborg, the son of Christian Nielsen, a watchmaker, and his wife Ane Marie. At 15 he became an apprentice painter. At the same time he studied at the technical school in Svendborg and later famous for creating The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen. In 1901 he moved to Copenhagen and took drawing classes to prepare for the Art Academy. When he applied, they rejected his drawings but accepted him into the Sculpture School in view of a portrait bust he had made in Svendborg, and he became a student of Carl Aa sleff.
Nielsen developed a socially conscious style with The Blind Girl, 1907. He had his breakthrough with Naked(1908) which was acquired by the Danish National Gallery. The Marble Girl attracted attention for its redefinition of the relationship between subject and material with its equal emphasis of the sculpture as woman figure and as stone block. It also introduced the rounded female forms which continued to be a dominant subject throughout his production.
Kai Nielsen died while working on a draft for a Maritime Monument in 1924, after several lengthy spells of illness. This figure measures 9.5" tall x 4" wide 4 1/4".