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Hugo Liisberg

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCarl Hugo•Liisberg
Used nameHugo•Liisberg
Born23 July 1896 in København (Copenhagen) (DEN)
Died12 April 1958 in Hillerød (DEN)
NOC Denmark


Danish sculptor Hugo Liisberg came from a family of artists. He was the son of porcelain painter Carl Frederik Liisberg and Selma Amalia Möllenborg, daughter of the painters Julius Paulsen and Esther Lange. He was initially trained in the Royal Porcelain Lanman Manufactory and also worked there temporarily. In 1920 he visited the Antoine Bourdelles School in Paris where he studied at the museums and later studied in Italy and then lived in Tibirke Lunde on the island of Sjælland. Over time he came into contact with various artist groups in Denmark and Sweden. In 1932 he went on a Mediterranean trip with a scholarship. Afterwards he worked mainly together with ceramist Nathalie Krebs (1895-1978).

Hugo Liisberg worked primarily with animal sculptures and created several fountains with animal figures, including the famous Sea Horse in the center of Odense and the sea eagle on the Eagle’s Fountain in Silkeborg. He studied the shapes and movements of the animals in the zoo. At the time of his collaboration with Krebs, he concentrated on smaller statuettes made of glazed stoneware and delicate jewelry. In 1942 he was awarded the Eckersberg Medal. Jægeren (The Hunter) was a 96 x 103 cm artificial stone relief that Liisberg created around 1930 for the Institute for the Blind in København.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Art Competitions DEN Hugo Liisberg
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC