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 Aksel Jorgensen  (1883 - 1957)

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Lived/Active: Denmark      Known for: modernist still life, genre, figure, interior and portrait painting, printmaking

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Aksel Jorgensen (1883 - 1957)

Aksel Jorgensen was born the 3 February, 1883 in Copenhagen, and thus obviously belongs to the younger group of Danish painters who are today winning their laurels with such remarkable rapidity and assurance.

Studying first at the Technical School at Copenhagen, Jorgensen made his debut at Charlottenborg in 1908, and two years later attained signal success on the occasion of his appearance at the exhibition of The Thirteen, a group of young radicals who have already given excellent account of themselves.

The same year — 1910 — he was invited to send to the Frie Udstilling*, or Free Exhibition, and subsequently made his appearance at the International Exhibition at Rome. The painter's recent retrospective display at Blomqvist's in Christiania stamped him as considerably more than a promising newcomer. His style reveals welcome breath and freedom, his grasp of character is firm, and, both in his work in black and white and on canvas, he proves himself the possessor of a distinctly marked esthetic individuality. It is a pleasure to add that Jorgensen is another of that group of talented progressives who have lately won favour with Director Madsen of the Royal Gallery.

Christian Brinton, the Catalogue for the 1912 -1913 EXHIBITION of CONTEMPORARY SCANDINAVIAN ART at New York, Buffalo, Toledo, Chicago and Boston

Submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke

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Karl Axel (Aksel) Jorgensen was a Danish painter and printmaker, who was born and died in Copenhagen. Hewas a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from in 1920 - 1953 and had a great influence on Danish graphics. Among his students were Asger Jorn , Albert Mertz, Bjorn Wiinblad, Ib Spang Olsen and Ruth Smith .

He was apprenticed as a painter from 1897 to 1901. After visiting a private drawing and painting school, he studied art on his own and through fellowships, he studied art in Germany, Holland, Italy and France.

Aksel Jørgensen painted in 1907 a series of images of prostitutes and pubs in the Holmensgade district of Copenhagen, where he had once lived with a family. Through the host family, he came into the lives of the people who lived and moved in the neighborhood, which at the time was marked by slum dwellings, bars and prostitution.

One of Aksel Jørgensen's major works of this period is permanently exhibited at the Workers Museum.

He also did a variety of portrait work, including in parliament the Socialist politician Frederik Borgbjerg.

His woodcuts and etchings from around 1910 laid the foundations of the twentieth century Danish graphic arts.

"Aksel Jorgensen", Wikipedia Translation, (Accessed 4/16/2013)


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