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Richard Mortensen

Born 1910, Copenhagen, Denmark and died in 1993.

In 1931 Mortensen visited Berlin and was heavily influenced in his thinking by the work of Kandinsky. Just after the Second World War, he moved to Paris and, along with Robert Jacobsen, made contacts there and formed ideas that initiated a new movement within Danish art, closely linked to and influenced by constructivism.

His images use fields of bold colour and geometric shapes, perhaps echoing the modern world and its architectural forms. They generally elicit a good feeling from the viewer, bringing together the wonderment of the abstract form and the hope and strength of the constructivist's visions.