Saturday 20 July 2013

Staaten Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen

Visiting the Staaten Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen was a real pleasure - so many paintings that I was not familiar with, so many artists I had not come across before! I learnt so much about Danish art and there is so much I want to pursue further.

The Green Quadrangle, Richard Mortensen, 1933

Alternate Eroticism, Vilhelm Bjerke Petersen, 1933

Phantoms, Rita Kernn-Larsen, 1934

The Overturned Drawer, Rita Kernn-Larsen, 1931-32

 Untitled, Max Ernst, 1972

Two Sexless Figures, Chimera, Max Ernst, 1933

The two interlocking bird-like creatures form a circle shape, a symbol of the unity of woman and man - of a complete human being. The erotic, including the hermaphroditic or the androgenous, occupied a prominent position in the Surrealists' imagery and thought. The bird motif also held personal significance for Marx Ernst and was used in stagings of his alter ego, the 'Loplop' figure.

Self Portrait, Full Length, Walking, Kurt Trampedach, 1970
Women Forward, Ursula Reuter Christiansen, 1971
Composition in Blue and Green, Else Alfelt, 1949

Else Alfelt

Stormy Sea, Jens Sendergaard, 1954

The vastness of nature and the insignificance of human beings is the theme of this painting based on the coastline in Western Jutland.

The Sea at Sunset, Jens Sendergaard, 1956

Landscape in Schleswig, Erich Heckel, 1930

View of Esnum Lake, Gabriele Munter, 1918

Composition 2, Olaf Rude, 1918

Self Portrait, Jais Nielsen, 1917

Circle and Quadrangle, Franciska Clausen, 1930
'It was a composition based on the circle, the rectangle and the square... I began by painting a black circle, and as I was staring at it, a white circle emerged from it to my left. Of course it was simply an image formed on my retina, but it prompted me to paint a white circle touching upon the black. It was a kind of afterimage'.

The title 'Circle et Carre' not only describes the elements of the painting, it is also the name of the international artists' association and a journal formed in Paris in 1930 as a Constructivist counterpoint to Surrealism. Clausen was associated with the group which included Piet Mondrian.

The Bar, Franciska Clausen, 1927


Blue Space, Richard Mortensen, 1932-33


Untitled, Vilhelm Bjerke Petersen, 1931


Two Women, Harald Giersing, 1922


Woman, Reading, Harald Gersing, 1922

Boys Watching a Toad, William Scharff, 1941

Boy Taking a Header, Jens Ferdinand Willumsen, 1909


Boys Bathing, Peter Hansen, 1902.

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