SOM#052, Georg Lober, Hans Christian Andersen, One Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary, 1955
Photo by John Birks
Numbers Issued: 681 Bronze
FROM THE ARTIST
One hundred and fifty years ago in the little town of Odense in Denmark, a son was born to a poor washerwoman, and her shoemaker husband. This son was baptized Hans Christian Andersen. Little did they realize that he would one day become the world's greatest author of fairy tales -- fairly tales that not only amused children but contained a great moral truth for grownups as well.
This child of humble origin was ridiculed by other children because of his large awkward body, his big nose and his high soprano voice. due to his being shunned by other children he lived in a dream world all his own. He cut paper dolls and made clothes for them out of bits of colored cloth and talked to them as if they were living human beings.
At an early age Andersen decided that he would become famous. He carried this thought throughout his entire lifetime and indeed he did become famous. At the age of fourteen after his confirmation he left home to seek his fortune in the big city of Copenhagen where there were buildings five stories high. On his arrival he went first to the royal Opera hoping to obtain a position either as a dancer or a singer, but the theatre was closed and in mourning, due to the death of the King.
This shy timid boy almost starved to death but finally was taken into the theatre as an extra to sing in the chorus. Due to the kindness of Jonas Collin, who was State's Minister, Andersen was removed from the theatre and sent to school for an education. He suffered mentally in a class with small boys and was humiliated because he towered far above them in height even though he was about the same age as they were.
While a pupil in this school he secretly wrote plays and newspaper articles. After many years of struggle and disappointment his works were published. One Christmas when a guest in the Collin home Andersen presented the children with a gift of three fairy tales which he had written. They became popular immediately and he was urged to put them inot book form which he did. He continued to write a number of fairy tales every year including the well known "Tinder Box", "The Emperor's New Clothes", the "Princess and teh Pea" and perhaps the best known of all, "The Ugly Duckling". This was the story of his own life and the ugly duckling was really a swan.
For more than a century this great author and poet has captivated the imagination of people living far beyond the boundaries of this native Denmark. In our country generations of Americans both young and old have read his fairy tales and his stories have touched the hearts of people of all ages.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Georg Lober -- Sculptor, N.A., R.D. -- Born in Chicago, Illinois; son of Axel G. and Anna Danielson Lober; pupil of Calder, Borglum and Longman; studied at National Academy of Design; Beaux Arts Institute.
Eleanor T. Woods Peace Memorial, Norfolk, Virginia; 19 Lincoln Memorial Tablets, State of Illinois; Mothers Memorial, 71st Regt. Armory, N. Y. C.; marble Baptistry, Plainfield, N.J.; memorial to honor N. Y. C. Employees, Central park, N. Y. C.; William W. Cook Portrait bust, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Heroic Crucifix, Jefferson Davis Highway, Aquia, Virginia; Cohn Memorial, Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, N. Y.; Grand Masters Medal of Award Masonic Order for the State of N. Y.; medal of award, Federated Garden Clubs, N. Y. State; American Water Color Society Medal; Allied Artists medal of Award (reverse); William W. Cook Memorial, Port Chester, N. Y.; Portrait Medals of Frederick Ives and Dr. Edward Goodrich Acheson, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D. C.; portrait bust Frank Bacon, Golden Gate Museum, San Francisco, California; Heroic Statue of Thomas Paine, Burnham Park, Morristown, N. J., unveiled July 4, 1950; Group "Credit" Dun & Bradstreet, N. Y.; Theodore Roosevelt Bust for the Hall of Fame, 1954.
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D. C.; Montclair Museum, Montclair, N. J.; permanent exhibition of Medals, American Numismatic Museum, N. Y. C.; bronze statue Eve, Metropolitan Museum; Byzantine Madonna in silver, Brooklyn Museum; Bacchante bronze, National Arts Club; collection of medals, National Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark; Administration des Maonaies et Medailles, Paris, France.
Avery Prize, Architectural League, 1911; honorable mention Art Institute of Chicago 1918, 1920; 1st prize, Connecticut Acad. Fine Arts, 1924; prize for Sculpture Art Center of the Oranges, 1926; Mary O. Jenkins Prize for Sculpture, Grand Central Art Galleries, 1931; prize for Sculpture, Allied Artists, 1931; medal of award, Montclair Museum, 1934; National Arts Club medal of award, 1935; Allied Artists medal of honor, 1937. Knighted by the King of Denmark in 1949 (Ridder Af Dannebrog); Friheds Medalie of Denmark (Freedom Medal); Benjamin West Clinedinst Medal; Special Medal of Honor, National Sculpture Society, 1952.
Allied Artists; American Numismatic Museum; Grand Central Art Galleries; executive secretary Art Commission of the City of N. Y.; Artists Fellowship. Clubs: National Arts, (life); Lotos, (life); Salmagundi, Century Association; Fellow of the National Sculpture Society.