Helge Jensen 1899-1986

Helge Daner Jensen was born in Næstved (St. Peter's) on 18th May 1899. He was a Danish painter and ceramicist.

Jensen attended the Harald Giersing Painting School (1915-1916). Harald Giersing (1881-1927) was a Danish painter widely acknowledged as being the driving force behind the introduction of Modernism in Denmark c.1910-1920.

Although Jensen started work at the Kähler ceramics factory in Næstved in 1917 (where worked until 1935), he continued to work as a painter in his spare time and became good friends with his former tutor Harald Greasing.

Jensen first exhibited at the annual ArtistsÂ’ Exhibition (Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling) in 1917 - And continued to do so almost every year thereafter until 1931. In 1932 he exhibited as a guest at the Grønningen - a Danish artists cooperative, founded in 1915, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious artists groupings in Denmark, named after the street in Copenhagen where their first art exhibition was held - and as a member of the group from 1936.

In 1937 Jensen travelled to Italy on an academy scholarship and in 1939 was awarded the New Carlsberg Foundation Scholarship (Carlsbergfondets Stipendium) to study in Greece and Italy.

Other solo exhibitions include the Art Society (Kunstforeningen) in Copenhagen (1935). Jensen also participated in several exhibitions outside of Denmark - these include Germany (1932), Oslo (1935) Budapest (1936) Gothenburg (1939 and 1943) and Stockholm (1943). His ceramics have been exhibited in Madrid, Berlin, Stockholm and the United States.

Examples of Helge JensenÂ’s painting and ceramics are held in the collection of the Museum of Art and Decorative Art (Kunstmuseet go Kunstindustrimuseet) in Copenhagen, and museums including Aarhus, Odense and Ystad.

Helge Jensen died in Copenhagen on 8th November 1986, aged 87.