Asger Jorn The Timid Proud One 1957

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Artist
Asger Jorn 1914–1973
Title
The Timid Proud One
Le Timide Orgueilleux
Date 1957
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 997 x 806 mm
frame: 1181 x 995 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1966
Reference
T00853
Not on display

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Jorn had been a prominent member of CoBrA, a group of northern European artists whose improvisatory approach to painting was intended as a way of liberating their work from repressive bourgeois conventions. Although this painting was made several years after the group disbanded, its child-like style reflects the same principles. The figure embodies some mysterious inner struggle, perhaps reflected in the title. Jorn was a great believer in these kind of opposed dualities. ‘Tension in a work of art is negative-positive: repulsive-attractive, ugly-beautiful. If one of these poles is removed, only boredom is left’, he said.

November 2005

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