Asger Jorn

The Black Flight

1955

Artist
Asger Jorn 1914–1973
Original title
L'Enrol noir
Medium
Gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 479 x 632 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Sir Dennis Proctor in memory of Dennis Cohen 1970
Reference
T01253

Not on display

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This work has a sketch-like quality. The fluid composition, made up of spontaneous, expansive strokes, may reflect the freedom of flight. Although verging on abstraction, the evocative title brings to mind forms from the natural world. Black circles hint at the pupils of eyes, while a triangular form at the right reaches out like a wing. The overall impression is menacing, and the work may relate to Jorn’s interest in the mythology of his native Denmark.

Gallery label, July 2005

Catalogue entry

Asger Jorn 1914-1973

T01253 L'Envoi noir 1955

Inscribed 'Jorn | -55' b.r.
Gouache on paper, 18 7/8 x 24 7/8 (48 x 63)
Presented by Sir Dennis Proctor in memory of Dennis Cohen 1970
Prov: With Arthur Tooth and Sons, London (purchased from the artist); Dennis Cohen, London, 1960; Sir Dennis Proctor, London
Exh: Recent Developments in Painting III, Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, September-October 1960 (35)

This is not directly related to any known oil painting.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.376, reproduced p.376

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