Per Hasselberg (1850-1894) was a Swedish sculptor, known for his delicate plaster sculptures of naked women. Born in Sweden, he moved to France as a young man and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts.
It was in Paris, that a snowdrop beside the Seine inspired to him to create this image of a naked female, just rising from youth to adulthood, with a small snowdrop at her foot. The plaster Perce-Neige (Snowdrop) created his breakthrough at the Paris Salon in 1881 and two years later the sculpture was made in marble, upon commission by the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm at a price of SEK 6,000. This version won him the first Swedish sculptor gold medal at the Salon, ensuring his ongoing fame.
Not long after his death, the sculpture was cast in bronze for Mariatorget in Stockholm, and inaugurated in November 1900. Apparently, this was the city’s first sculpture erected purely as a work of art and not to honour any famous subject.
Hex colour reference: F664af
A colourful note: Magenta has been a Crayola crayon since tehir origins in 1903, though it seems to have undergone a slight modification in shade. The whole purple-red band seems to have undergone a lot of name and slight shade duplication and changes so I can’t tell you much more.
In my googling research for this Colour Your World challenge, I have discovered a true crayon connoisseur, Ed Welter, who has written a whole series of fascinating papers on Crayola’s history and gives great samples of crayon patches through the years. If you’d like to know more, just click on the copy of one his images below.
Debbie Smyth, 22 February 2016