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Asger Jorn

Equilibre Précaire

collage and décollage on paper on wrapping paper on wood
84 x 56 cm / 33 x 22 in.
signed and dated on the right edge

Asger Jorn began to paint in 1932 and in 1936, he was already in Paris, where he enroled in Fernand Léger's painting school, the Académie Contemporaine. During World War II he returned to Denmark, where he was active in the resistance. He was a member of the artist group Høst, and later became a founding member of the group CoBrA and founder of the movement for a pictorial Bauhaus. Jorn took part in documenta II and III (1959 and 1964) in Kassel. Although stylistically he is aligned with Informel he often varied between figurative and abstract art. He often used themes and figures from Nordic sagas and myths as motifs in his works.

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