Carl Milles (1875-1955) is undoubtedly one of our foremost sculptors during the 20th century. Few have had such great success and lasting effect of his oeuvre. A traditionalist yet seminal. Celebrated, but also contentious, his is still one of the brightest stars of the modernist sculpture sky. With his traditional subject matter; ancient and Christian mythology, and Swedish history as well, along with a classical yet quaint style, whereas movement expression carries traits of spirituality, he seem barely touched by the radical developments in modern sculpture which were happening around him. One of his publicly most famous works, alongside “Poseidon” in Gothenburg and the “Orpheus group” in Stockholm, is indeed “Europe and the Bull” from 1926. The sculpture depicts a course of events in Greek mythology where Zeus, insidiously disguised as a bull, attracts and abducts princess Europe to Crete, where he eventually lays with her. It is tempting to, perhaps a bit cynical, allude the situation in the world today i general and the geopolitical Europe in particular.
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