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Åge Vogel-Jørgensen

Åge Vogel-Jørgensen (1888-1964) expressed an interest in drawing and painting from a very early age, but his father demanded that he get an education to secure his future financially before embarking on his painting career. Åge Vogel-Jørgensen therefore trained as a teacher, graduated in 1909 and worked as a teacher until his retirement in 1957 at the age of 69.
Whilst doing the teacher’s training programme he attended a drawing course in the evenings, and in 1918 he made his debut at Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling (the Artists’ Autumn Exhibition). In the period from 1919 to 1921 he received tuition at the artist Harald Giersing’s painting school.
During his first years as an artist Åge Vogel-Jørgensen painted portraits and landscapes, but even then motif was not his main concern. Motif was merely the means to working with colour.
This trait became even more pronounced in the 1940s when he primarily concentrated on still lifes. Gradually pictorial space disappears – illusionistic as well as recognisable space – from his painting, progressively emptying the pictures of any kind of representational content.
When in 1951 Åge Vogel-Jørgensen helped found Martsudstillingen (the March Exhibition), his pictures were abstract. From this point on he worked with colour and colour interaction, to the exclusion of everything else. Not with flashy, lurid colours – on the contrary. Colour is subdued in grey hues. Åge Vogel-Jørgensen is not interested in dramatic variations in colour. Tiny shifts and changes of shade that set the entire picture plane vibrating were what fascinated him. The colours are held together by linear sequences or geometric shapes which render the plane structured and calm.
Åge Vogel-Jørgensen’s paintings can be seen as intense and meditative studies of colours and their mutual relations. They are unassuming – almost silent – and require meditation. But they also make essential and existential statements about life.
Åge Vogel-Jørgensen