About J. A. Jerichau
Jens Adolf Jerichau was born into an artistic lineage of important painters. It was against his mother’s wish that he should not be an artist, so he started as a mason’s apprentice in 1905, and drew diligently at the same time. In 1909 he was admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts as an architecture student, but in the same year he switched to painting, where he became acquainted with Axel Salto, among others. In the following years, he made several trips around Europe while working intensively as an artist. In 1914 he made his debut at the Artists’ Autumn Exhibition, and the following year he began a long journey to France, Italy, and Spain, where he visited Jens Ferdinand Willumsen in Toledo, among other places. In the spring of 1916, Jerichau opened his first and only solo exhibition at Den Frie, where central collectors such as Johannes Rump and Christian Tetzen Lund purchased several works at the almost sold-out exhibition. Despite the war, Jerichau traveled to Paris again soon after, where he rented a studio on Montparnasse next to Axel and Kamma Salto. Here he produced several works as well as becoming personally acquainted with international artist icons such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. On Bastille Day, July 14, 1916, Jerichau wrote down his last will and on August 16, 1916, he took his own life in his studio at the young age of 25.
Museum Jorn owns the largest single collection of Jerichau’s works, together with an extensive archive of letters, photographs, sketches, and documents.