The bronze and the animal
Edith Mannoni in his book "The bronze and the animal" says of Petersen "The animals carved by Petersen seem constructed like architectures. So that, whatever their size, they give the impression of monumentality, so much they give off the nobility and grandeur. Strangely, the sculptor has been able to discern, and render with a subtle sensitivity, the melancholy gravity frequent in animals. This impression fuse, gently, through the form of a great accuracy of volume, combining with the realism of the physical appearance the mysterious psychology of these living beings, at once so near and so distant from us.