Peter Linde

(Last Updated On: January 8, 2016)

We move away from France for the moment and examine a living Swedish sculptor by the name of Peter Linde. For an artist who’s still living and working there isn’t much info about him on the web, so let’s just go right to his work, shall we?

The first piece we’ll look at is called Lärjungen, or The Student. The sculpture sits in a space near the Kulturhuset (House of Culture), in Sergels Torg. She sits serenely on her block, holding her feet, attentive to whatever or whoever it is she is watching. With her crossed legs and curious gaze she reminds me very much of statues of the Buddha. The model for this piece was Linde’s own daughter.

Peter Linde - Lärjungen (1988) (1)

Peter Linde – Lärjungen (1988) (1)

Peter Linde - Lärjungen (1988) (2)

Peter Linde – Lärjungen (1988) (2)

Peter Linde - Lärjungen (1988) (3)

Peter Linde – Lärjungen (1988) (3)

Here you can see the bottom portion of Edvin Öhrström’s sculptural tower Kristall, vertikal accent i glas och stål (Crystal, Vertical Accent in Glass and Steel), the centerpiece of the large fountain at the center of Sergels Torg, added in 1974.

Peter Linde - Lärjungen (1988) (4)

Peter Linde – Lärjungen (1988) (4)

Here it is again seen in the evening, fully lit. I love this shot!

Peter Linde - Lärjungen (1988) (5)

Peter Linde – Lärjungen (1988) (5)

Through rain or shine our little student never stops learning!

Peter Linde - Lärjungen (1988) (6)

Peter Linde – Lärjungen (1988) (6)

Peter Linde - Lärjungen (1988) (7)

Peter Linde – Lärjungen (1988) (7)

Now this cute little lass is called Mimi, and one version of her stands outside of Kyrkbyn in Göteborg, Sweden. The other is in Östersund, Sweden. Little Mimi has well-formed thighs which provides her an easy stance, and she seems to be captivated by something in her hand. A ladybug maybe?

Peter Linde - Mimi (1)

Peter Linde – Mimi (1)

Peter Linde - Mimi (2)

Peter Linde – Mimi (2)

Peter Linde - Mimi (3)

Peter Linde – Mimi (3)

Peter Linde - Mimi (4)

Peter Linde – Mimi (4)

Peter Linde - Mimi (5)

Peter Linde – Mimi (5)

Edit: I added a couple more images for Mimi, taken from Linde’s website. I also found a page with a good amount of info on Mr. Linde at this site. It’s all in Swedish though so no clue what it actually says.

6 thoughts on “Peter Linde

  1. From what I can decipher, the first part of the Swedish info on the last website translates to:
    Born in 1946 in Karlshamn. Lives in Saltsjöbaden. Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He studied at Konsthögskolan from 1970 to 1975, and through all of his carrer his figurative* technique has been characterized by an awareness of traditions.
    Then it goes on to list his works and where they are placed.

    * It seems to me that ‘figurativ’ in Swedish can mean both ‘depicting a figure’ and ‘figurative’.

    • Thank you for the translation! I was going to run it through an online translator but you you know how those things butcher the language.

  2. In the photo “Lärjungen (1988) (3)”, am I correct to presume that the person hanging off the building above the statue girl’s head, is another sculpture? (I hope so. Otherwise that person looks rather desperate!)

    Also just wanted to mention that “Lärjungen (1988) (6)” reminds me of a scene in the pilot movie of the old 1970’s “Kung Fu” series, where a young Kwai Chang Cain is attentively standing outside the Shao-Lin temple in the rain, awaiting to be summoned.

  3. Those well formed thighs still hold a very child-like form with the way her hips bold out. The model selected for Mimi must have caught the artists attention on first sight.

    • I have added a couple more images from different angles where you can see them even better. I’m thinking Mimi was some relation to him, since he sculpted her again at age 14 (with clothes on this time). You can see that at his website. I linked to it at the bottom of the page.

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