Wilhelm Kåge

Swedish, 1889 - 1960

Born 1889,  in Stockholm, Sweden, Wilhelm Kåge was a decorative painter and ceramist, best known for his contribution to functional style and as the artistic leader of the Gustavsberg porcelain factory for almost 30 years until 1949. Critics considered Kåge’s Farsta work, on behalf of Gustavsberg, with their carved surfaces and thick, flowing glazes, to be his finest work. Kåge is often referred to as one of the pioneers of Swedish modernism. He was awarded the Prince Eugen Medal for design in 1949.

Kåge’s work can be found in the National Museum of Sweden, New York’s Metropolitan Museum, plus numerous other museums. In 1989 The National Museum of Sweden honored his 100th birthday by mounting an expansive exhibition of his work. Kåge died in 1960 and his ashes were placed in a Farsta urn.

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