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Viggo Jensen

Like many other painters of his generation Viggo Jensen (1886-1973) apprenticed as a journeyman painter. This was back in 1905 in his home town of Odder, but already in 1907 he was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
 
He only stayed there for a few months, however, and he spent the rest of his life working on his own terms and passing fairly unnoticed. So it was not until 1924 that he first exhibited together with the artists' association Frie jyske Malere (Free Jutland Painters), and he submitted paintings to Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling (the Artists’ Autumn Exhibition) for the first time in 1927 where they were immediately accepted.
 
In the 1920s and 1930s Viggo Jensen mainly painted landscapes. In the 1940s he worked with compositions which he eventually simplified to the point where they no longer contained any figurative elements.
 
What was left was pure painting, which allowed Viggo Jensen's fine sense of colour to unfold fully. It is a poetic, unobtrusive, yet at the same time very rich art of colour dominated by subdued nuances of green, red, brown, yellow and grey.
 
And although Viggo Jensen's painting has abandoned figuration, it is still obvious that his starting point is nature and the observation of nature. The colours are nature's own, and the paintings can be seen as leaves or grass viewed through a magnifying glass - a microcosm of nature. Or, as Viggo Jensen expressed it himself, he did not feel "... that there is any distinction between my abstract and my naturalistic paintings".
 
Viggo Jensen's painting is pure painting, an end in itself. His painting takes on a life of its own, independent of the whims of fashion. This was also the reason why Viggo Jensen was invited in 1963 to become a member of Martsudstillingen (the March Exhibition), an artists' association whose members emphasised immersion in the artistic process.