Ernst Rasmussen 1912-1964

Ernst Carl Laurits Rasmussen was born in the Frederiksberg district of Copenhagen on 22nd January 1912. He was a Danish Painter.

Studied painting (1927) at the Copenhagen Technical School (Københavns Tekniske Skole) and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (1934-1938) and under Elof Christian Risebye (1892-1961) at his private painting school (1944).

After WWII, Rasmussen moved to Paris where he had a small studio near Place du Terte and painted under the name 'Jean Le Van'. In 1946, Rasmussen married the Spanish artist Carmen Lillian Cervera (b.1918) and they purchased a house in Vallauris (near Cannes) where their next door neighbour was Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). They became great friends and Picasso did several portrait of their daughter (Pia) while living there.

Rasmussen first exhibited at the Autumn Art Exhibition (Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling), Copenhagen in 1932 (and again in 1943 and 1945). other exhibitions include Forårsudstilling (Spring Exhibition), Kunsthal Charlottenburg, Copenhagen (1937, 1945-49, 1957-58); Århushallen (1938); Bachs Art Gallery (1944); Royal Charlottenburg exhibition (1947). Rasmussen won numerous art prizes and awards and exhibited frequently with galleries in France.

Ernst Rasmussen died unexpected on 5th August 1964 at his home in Bargemon, southern France. He was 52 years old.