Paul Gadegaard (1920-1992)
18 x 21 ins / 45 x 54 cms
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Paul Preben Gadegaard was born in Frederiksberg on 17th November 1920. He was a Danish painter and sculptor.
Gadegaard attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Kunstakademiet), Copenhagen (1940-1943), the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts (Konstakademien), Stockholm (1944-1945) - where he studied under Otte Skald (1894-1948) - before returning, after the Second World War, to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (1946-1947). In 1948, Gadegaard then studied in Paris under the French sculptor, painter, teacher and writer André Lhote (1885-1962).
Gadegaard's early paintings were naturalistic but from the end of the 1940s, following the Constructivist trend he encountered in Paris, his works became more abstract.
In 1949, Gadegaard joined the Linien II (Line II) artists association. Linien (the predecessor to Linien II) was founded in Denmark in the late 1930s and focused on Abstraction and Symbolism. After the Second World War, the emphasis of the revived association (Linien II) was Concrete Art. Linen II's first exhibition - which also featured performances and concerts alongside the paintings and sculptures - was held at Tokantens Galerie, Copenhagen in Summer of 1948. Linien II was dissolved in 1952.
In 1952, Gadegaard began an association with Aage Damgaard and his Angli shirt factory in Herning. Gadegaard comprehensively painted the inner walls of the Angli factory, becoming a pioneer of industrial art. His work covered an area of over 2,500 m2 (27,000 sq ft). Gadegaard painted the walls and ceilings in bright colours as well as the tables and shelves. Sadly, the factory no longer exists.
In 1968 Gadegaard became a member of the Grønningen group of artists. Named after the street (Grønningen) in Copenhagen where their first art exhibition was held, it is one of the oldest and most important artist groups in Denmark. It currently has 54 members and still hosts annual exhibitions at the Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall.
Gadegaard exhibited throughout his life - Notable exhibitions include Galleri Birch, Copenhagen (1948-49 and 1954-55), with Linien II (1949-52) in Copenhagen, London and New York; Salon Realties Nouvelles and Galerie Denise René, Paris (1950-51), Autumn Art Exhibition (Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling), Copenhagen (1951-60), 'Linien 3 Konkret Realisme, Charlottenburg, Copenhagen (1952), Ålborg Kunstforening (Åalborg Art Society) (1957, 1977 and 1982), Bruun Rasmussen (1957), Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen (1980), Herning Kunstmuseum (Herning Museum of Contemporary Art) (1990).
Paul Gadegaard died on 4th March 1992, aged 71.