Man Triumphant: The Divided Life
of David Edstrom

Figura Nova No. 33


By: Rolf Lunden
December 2014
Uppsala University
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9789155489762
542 Pages, Illustrated
$129.50 Hardcover


A hundred years ago regarded, together with Carl Milles, as the hope of Swedish sculpture, David Edstrom is today more or less forgotten. Man Triumphant, The Divided Life of David Erdstrom tells the fascinating rags-to-riches-and-back-to-rags story of the young boy who grew up in Smaland, Sweden, emigrated to Iowa, U.S.A., and hoboed his way back in 1894 to get is education at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm. After twenty-one years in Europe-in Stockholm, Florence, Paris, and Berlin - he returned to the United States and settled in Hollywood. As a person of two cultures he found himself betwixt and between, divided in his allegiance to his mother country and his adopted one.