Asger Oluf Jorn (Danish, 1914-1973)
Signed "Jorn" l.r.
Oil on Masonite, 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (39.4 x 49.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Minor abrasions beneath frame liner.
Provenance: Gift from Erik Nyholm to Adeline (nee Lubell) and Mark Naiman, Lincoln, Massachusetts, c. 1960; present owners by family descent.
Literature: Guy Atkins and Troels Andersen, Jorn in Scandinavia 1930-1953: A study of Asger Jorn's development from 1930 to 1953 and a catalogue of his oil paintings from that period (London: Lund Humphries, 1968), pp. 262 and 398 (illus.), no. 746.
N.B. Adeline Lubell Naiman graduated from Radcliffe College in 1946 and was the youngest editor at Little, Brown and Company in the mid-to-late 1940s. A longtime friend of Norman Mailer's family, she featured as president of a fictional women's college in Mailer's film, Maidstone. (1) Mark Naiman began his career as a physicist at Harvard University, and later helped to develop the first ink-jet printer among other inventions for UNIVAC in the early 1960s. (2) The two were engaged in 1946 and married the following year.
A copy of the monograph Asger Jorn by Guy Atkins, published by Methuen & Co. Ltd., London, 1964, accompanies the lot.
(1) Adeline Lubell-Naiman:A Preliminary Inventory of Her Collection of Norman Mailer at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. http://research.hrc.utexas.edu:8080/hrcxtf/view?docId=ead/00437.xml&query=adeline
As the work is set within a grooved liner which is nailed to the frame, it is not possible to remove the work from the liner for inspection. Minor abrasions are observed, however, along edges not set entirely within the groove. White areas to top edge of u.r. quadrant are paint and not losses. Small notch to Masonite along top edge approx. 1/8 in. Moderate surface grime/dust--the work would benefit from a cleaning.