Asger Jorn
Letter to my Son 1956–7

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Asger Jorn 1914–1973
Letter to my Son
Lettre à mon fils
Date 1956–7
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1300 x 1955 mm
frame: 1352 x 2007 x 59 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Not on display

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Letter to my Son is one of Jorn’s most ambitious paintings of the late 1950s, the period in which his international reputation was established. The title refers to his son, Ole, who was born in 1950. It is one of a number of works by Jorn that refer to families and childhood. The layered composition includes at least a dozen frenetic figures, loosely delineated with great energy. They have a spontaneous urgency that recalls the children’s drawings that Jorn admired during his CoBrA period.

July 2012

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