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11. oktober - 29. november 2014 Holstebro Artmuseum Classics

Astrid Noack, Ejler Bille, Erik Thommesen, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Henry Heerup, Anna Thommesen and Gertrud Vasegaard plays a central role in the collection of Holstebro Art Museum
Their career as artists started for nearly all of them around 1930. And they were active and had a strong influence on the Danish art scene for many years – for some of them until recently. They all were at the same time in opposition to the established order and founded on tradition. Furthermore they all were connected to and inspired each other in various connections. 
Astrid Noack were educated as a wood carver and worked under the leadership of Joakim Skovgaard creating the ornamentation for Viborg Domkirke (Viborg Cathedral). After the 1.World War Astrid Noack went to Paris to realise her desire of becoming a ‘real’ artist. In 1932 she returned to Copenhagen. Here she created the Anna Ancher Statue and the sculpture Standing Woman. She was inspired by Roman and Gothic sculpture, Egyptian art and Greek, archaic sculpture. 
In 1930 Ejler Bille, Sonja Ferlov and Gertrud Vasegaard met at the Arts and Craft School in Copenhagen. And for a couple of summers og 1933-36 the home of Gertrud Vasegaard and her sister Lisbeth Munch-Pedersen on the island of Bornholm was a important stamping ground for the young artists, where they experimented with the surrealism – the new art of the time.  
At the same time Ejler Bille, Erik Thommesen, Sonja Ferlov og Henry Heerup were active in the artist associations Linjen and Høst-udstillingen, where the surrealism and the abstract art – the new tendencies in art at the time – and the inspiration from African, traditional art were introduced in Danish art.  
Both Ejler Bille, Erik Thommesen, Sonja Ferlov and Henry Heerup participated after the Second World War in the exhibitions of the Cobra-group. But no one of them felt that they shared the same values and thoughts as the other artists in the movement.  
Therefore Ejler Bille and Erik Thommesen founded the association Marts-udstillingen in 1951. Here they sought something more tradition-bound. Astrid Noack was one of those artists who in their eyes stood for the tradition-bound was Astrid Noack, and she participated in the group’s first exhibition in 1952. Erik Thommesen too was very inspired by her archaic sculptures. Later Anna Thommesen and Gertrud Vasegaard became members of Martsudstillingen.   
Sonja Ferlow felt uncomfortable in Denmark. Therefore she moved to Paris with her husband, the painter Ernest Mancoba, where they withdrew from the artistic world for a long time. Not until the 1960s she seriously resumed her artistic work, and in the years until her death she created many major works.
Henry Heerup on the other hand became in the postwar years – by virtue of his narrative painting full of symbols – one of Denmark’s most beloved and popular artists.