Carl Eldh was born in 1873 in Uppland and was one of Sweden’s most popular twentieth century sculptors. At the age of 19 Eldh began his studies at the University College of Arts, Crafts & Design in Stockholm, which was known as Tekniska Skolan at that time. He then continued his studies in Paris from 1897 to 1904. Eldh began by creating ornamental sculptures and the goal of his studies in Paris was to become a sculptor. He represented Sweden with his sculpture “Innocence” at the Paris World’s Fair in 1900.
Eldh’s style developed over time into a powerful realism, and he came to portray many public figures from the cultural elite and high society. The studio where Eldh worked for more than three decades is now a museum open to the public.