In the Beginning was the Image
Acrylic on canvas
A highly abstracted work, “In the Beginning was the Image” is dominated by the primary colours red, yellow, and blue. From the swirling movement at its centre, larger fields of colour emerge towards the outer edges giving the impression of a primordial soup. Face seemingly emanates from the bottom of the image with scratched formations indicative of cave-painting appearing above it. Jorn seems to convey access to thought-before-words in this painting, uncorrupted by the social realms of language.
Art Informel, Art Brut and Outsider Art, Neo-Dada, CoBrA Group, Situationist International
Born: 3 March 1914, Jutland, Denmark
Died: 1 May 1973, Aarhus, Denmark
Jorn was a painter, sculptor, ceramic artist, and author. A founding member of CoBrA and the Situationist International the largest collection of his work, including Stalingrad, is housed by the Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, Denmark