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Arvid Knöppel

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGustav Arvid Oskar•Knöppel
Used nameArvid•Knöppel
Born25 April 1892 in Luleå (SWE)
Died21 June 1970 in Sälboda, Gunnarskog, Arvika (SWE)
NOC Sweden


Swedish sculptor Gustav Arvid Knöppel was the son of Olympic sports shooter Johan Arvid Knöppel and his wife Cecilia Elsbeth Schultz, who was a Swedish sculptor, draftswoman, printmaker, writer and painter. Gustav Arvid studied in the 1920s at the Academy of Art in Stockholm with Carl Fagerberg. With a scholarship, he traveled through the Alpine countries for seven years to become a sculptor, painter, graphic artist and writer. He was best known for his works for churches and crematoriums in Stockholm and Karlstad and portrait busts. Beginning in 1944, Knöppel owned a reserve of Scandinavian wildlife in Sälboda, and became primarily known for sculptures of animals and animal drawings, which were noted for their realism and impressionism. He worked in bronze and brass, stone, terracotta, plaster, and wood, and in the 1940s he experimented with stainless steel. As a writer, he wrote novels, descriptions of nature, stories, reports, and animal books.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Art Competitions SWE Arvid Knöppel
Sculpturing, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC

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