Børge Birch, in front of Egill Jacobsen painting, 1952
Born 1910, Denmark – died 1998
In 1930 he begins his education in Carl Schwenns paint-school followed by studies at Copenhagen Art Academy in 1932-33
He took to Paris in 1934 and was inspired by Picasso & Matisse and Egill Jacobsen became quickly one of the important innovators of Danish picturesque art. His interest of African “folk-art” and the quest for the universal in colours and shapes, made him find a theme that since reoccurred throughout all of his artworks: the mask. He was fascinated of this simple archetypical shape and his paintings became very significant for the young generation of spontaneous abstract artists.
He created his own motif-world and his very own picturesque language and it was unavoidable, that Egill Jacobsen became a member of the COBRA-movement, his friendship with Asger Jorn and the other members, and his expressionistic style made him the obvious choice. He was a member from the start in 1948 untill the dissolving of the group in 1951.
With the mask as his main theme he improvised layer on layer – “the colour is emotions rejoinder” as Egill himself expressed it, and the emotions and different frames of mind, made every painting new and distinct from another.
KE 1932, 1936-37, 1951
Corner & Høst 1938-1941
Grønningen 1944-50, 1952, 1954- 58, 1985-93
Ny Carlsbergfondets jubilee exhibition
L'art danois contemporain, Lyon
Contemporary Art in Scandinavia, Brownstone Gallery, New York
Arte Nordica Contemporanea, Rome
Arts of Denmark, Metropolitan Museum., New York
Guggenheim Museum New York
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
Galerie Birch 1952, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1977
Musée. d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Caracas, Lisbon, São Paulo, Warsaw amongst others.
Honorary and rewards
Professorship at The Art Academy 1962-1972
Eckersberg Medaille. 1959
Thorvaldsens Medaille. 1969
Honorary member at The Art Academy, Copenhagen 1981
Represented at the following Danish Museums
KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg
Statens Museum for Kunst
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum
HEART - Herning Museum of Contemporary Art
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