Marsfjället vid Kultsjön, 1946

Asger Jorn 1914-1973

Marsfjället vid Kultsjön, 1946

Signed and dated

Oil on panel 65 x 81

The painting is registered in the archives of Museum Jorn.

In the summer of 1946, Asger and Emma Jorn stayed in Saxnäs in the inland of Västerbotten.
Renowned international and Danish artists eg. Asger Jorn, Else Alfelt and Carl-Henning Pedersen, all stayed in Saxnäs in the mid-40s for various occasions. Asger Jorn became close friends with the family Ricklunds and he painted several paintings during his stay, some remained with Ricklunds, others he sold or gave away. When leaving Saxnäs in the summer of 1946, Jorn he had to pay the merchant Axel Öhrnberg for his purchases he had made on credit. Ofcourse with nearly no money, Jorn offered one of his paintings as payment for the food and wine. But the merchant Öhrnberg did not like Jorn’s almost abstract paintings. Instead he asked him to paint Marsfjället on the other side of Lake Kultsjön. There he had his summer cottage, which is still owned by the family today.
Jorn agreed and he painted the view with a cascade of streaks in light pastel colors. This was very unusual of Jorn, but it shows his many skills as a painter. The painting remained in the family since 1946, until today.

Year 1946
Artist Asger Jorn 1914-1973
Price Price on request
Materials Oil on panel
Height 65
Width 81

The story behind


Asger Jorn (1914-1973) has over the past 20 years, become an international visual artist known for his paintings, ceramics, sculptures and his writing. In 1936 he travels to Paris and he becomes a student at one of modernism’s major painters, Fernand Léger, and experimenting in the following years with different expressions, materials and joint works in both Paris and Denmark.

Among other things, he assists Léger and the French architect Le Corbusier, at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937. He also attends teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. In the late 1960’s he is found in Albissola in Italy, where he becomes found of working with ceramic and sculptures.

In his years, Jorn worked in many different materials and media: painting, graphics, sculpture, weaving, drawing, collage and ceramics. He also wrote a huge number of articles and theoretical books about everything that interested him and especially art and politics. He had an extensive acquaintance with artists, philosophers, poets, scientists and political freelancers.

In 1948 he was one of the founders of the CoBrA avent-garde movement, which came to life in a café in Paris. He was joined by Karel Appel, Constant, Corneille, Christian Dortremont and Joseph Noiret. Later both Pierre Alechinsky and the Danish artist Carl-Henning Pedersen joined the movement. The group existed until 1951 and is still considered as one of the most influential post-war art movements.

Asger Jorn’s works can be found in several important museums in Europe and at the Guggenheim in New York.

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