Happy Birthday Gustav Vigeland!! Considered the most gifted Norwegian sculptor, this artist was born in 1869 in Mandal, Norway. His father was a furniture maker and Gustav apprenticed with a sculptor as well as took evening classes to study drawing. A visit to Paris and fellow sculptor, Rodin, inspired him to seek a realistic quality in his sculpture. His work spanned Neoclassical, Impressionist and Classic styles. His most monumental work was Vigeland-Parken, a collection of over 200 life sized figures representing birth, life and death, of granite and bronze, set in a park designed by the artist.