Mobile, 1960´s

Ib Geertsen 1919-2009

Mobile, 1960´s

Painted metal in blue and red

Ib Geertsen’s (1919 – 2009) art is closely linked to the concrete abstract art that emerged in the late 1940s.

He became particularly known for his work with mobiles, which were to be seen as self-moving works of art. With their asymmetrical shapes, Geertsen’s mobiles are in complete balance when it comes to themselves. They seem almost mesmerizing. Geertsen began working with his mobiles in the post-war period.

Estate of the artist

Year 1960´s
Artist Ib Geertsen 1919-2009
Price DKK 225.000 / EURO 30.200
Materials Painted metal
Height 88 cm
Width 130 cm
Depth 180 cm

The story behind

Ib Geertsen was born in 1919 and painted for over 70 years until his death in 2009. In the last four decades of his life his work expanded to include mobile sculptures, screenprints, furniture and public design projects. Throughout his career, Geertsen pursued his very personal vision of ‘Konkrete’ – or geometrical – abstraction with his own distinct exploration of shapes and colour combinations.

Geertsen lived and worked in Copenhagen. He originally trained as a gardener and was self-taught as an artist. Between 1943 and his death he exhibited in every major museum in Denmark and in 2003 he had a retrospective at the Kunsthallen Nicolaj, Copenhagen which led to renewed critical attention. His work can be found in numerous permanent collections including Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen; ARoS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum; and Trapholt Museum, Kolding.

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