Paul Gadegaard

1920 · Denmark

Artist biography

Paul Gadegaard is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in Denmark. Paul Gadegaard was born in 1920. Also born in Denmark around 1920 and of the same generation are Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Carl-Henning Pedersen and Asger Jorn.


Paul Gadegaard's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Status at Galleri Tom Christoffersen in Copenhagen, Denmark. The exhibition was open from 21 November 2019 until 20 December 2019. Paul Gadegaard's only other exhibition is Time Matters, which took place at Gether Contemporary in Copenhagen, Denmark (06 June 2019 - 09 August 2019).

Paul Gadegaard in private collections

Tim Sølyst on Artland includes Paul Gadegaard's works, as well as other works produced by prominent figures of the Art world, such as Farhad Farzali, Isabel Alonso Vega, and Marie Kølbæk Iversen.

Historical Context of Denmark

As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been very influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, that borders its southern frontiers. This sensibility is often combined with the Nordic attributes of restraint and melancholy in its arts. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark produced an extremely important painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Noted for his wistful and extremely sparse interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his ethereal representations of light and shadow in modest, dignified interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a key country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Founded in 1949, CoBrA's vivid colours and vibrant childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other prominent modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.

Further Biographical Context for Paul Gadegaard

Born in 1920, Paul Gadegaard was primarily influenced by the 1950s. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of international attention, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many important artists to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the foundations for much of the United States’ explosive cultural growth in the subsequent decades. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Paul Gadegaard

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