Many of Vigeland's themes are biblical or center around basic human emotions: love, anger, pain. And many explore relationships between man and woman:
Not surprisingly, the artist, Thomas Battersby Child, Jr., was a proud Mormon. And he wanted to feature scenes near and dear to his heart. Of course, one would assume the founder of the Mormon church would feature prominently. And well, he does....just in a somewhat unusual way. Here is the church founder Joseph Smith. Or I suppose I should say Joseph Smith's head. One the body of a Sphinx.
But I do want to steal the foot for my house!
Well, I think it has come time to explain today's title. One of the most important decisions any artist makes, is how he is to portray himself in a self-portrait. This is something to be taken very seriously and decided very carefully. And both the above men obviously took their time in the decision. Vigeland, the distinguished father of Norwegian sculpture, decided to go for a noble and proud stance, holding the tools of his trade, dressed in a modest smock.
Check out the Vigeland website: http://www.vigeland.museum.no/en/vigeland-park
Also check out this interesting blog, which is penned by a Sri Lankan living in Oslo: http://vigelandscupturepark.blogspot.com/
And of course, to see more of the brick pants: http://www.gilgalgarden.org/