1936-1940: French Inspiration
By the late 1930s Asger Jorn first began creating abstract art. These early works were greatly inspired by Surrealism.
Jorn first began to work with modern, abstract art during three stays in Paris between 1936 and 1939.
Studied under Fernand Léger
During his first stay in Paris in 1936-37 Jorn enrolled at the art school run by the French painter Fernand Léger, Académie de l'art contemporain. Here Jorn learnt how to arrange form, line, and colour.
In 1937 Jorn and fellow student Pierre Wemaëre were hired as assistants for the World Expo in Paris, where their tasks included helping Léger with his mural Le transport des forces. Jorn’s earliest ventures into the medium of artists’ books also date back to the Paris years.
While in Paris Jorn remained politically active, for example by writing articles about art’s potential in the struggle for democracy. The articles were printed in the Communist newspaper Arbejderbladet.