Asger Jorn The Black Flight 1955

Artwork details

Artist
Asger Jorn 1914–1973
Title
The Black Flight
L'Enrol noir
Date 1955
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.

July 2005

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