Einar Jónsson was Iceland’s first sculptor. He attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen from 1896-99. He was a groundbreaking figure in Icelandic sculpture and his influence on the visual arts in Iceland has been considerable.
Einar Jónsson offered all of his work as a gift to the Icelandic people in 1909 but on the condition that a museum would be built to house his artwork. Einar chose the location of the museum at the top of Skólavörðustígur on the outskirts of town (in those days).
The museum was built according to a plan by the artist himself and it may be said that the museum itself, the building is his biggest sculpture. The Museum was officially opened in 1923.