Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 231

ROBERT JACOBSEN
    ‒   
 .
Opus Egtved,

(Opus Egtved)
Iron sculpture on base,
⅓
x
²⁄₃
in. (

x

cm)
       :
Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen (

); bought from Jacob Asbæk, June
,

.
         :
Galleriet Kulturhuset, Stockholm,

, no.

, ill.; Galerie Asbæk,
Robert Jacobsen,
Copenhagen

; The Ameri-
can Scandinavian Society of New York at Privatbanken Gallery,
Selections of Contemporary Danish Art,

, no.
.
W
hen, as a child in Christianshavn, I went past F.C. Mogensen’s iron foundry in So
fi
egade, I caught
the smell of the rusty iron and the moulding sand in my nose,” recalled Robert Jacobsen. “There
was to me something strange and improbable about this smell that had an inspiring e
ff
ect. The smell
formed part of my everyday surroundings during my childhood, and so I felt that I already had some kind
of association with iron when I started using it.”
¹
Throughout his life, Robert Jacobsen’s art moved between
two poles: the strictly constructive, introspective idiom and the spontaneous expressive creation. In his later
years he worked with a kind of synthesis of all his earlier sculptural forms.
The Loeb collection
Opus Egtved
from

emerges as such, a summary of earlier works: concrete in
structure, balanced and immovable, but by virtue of its massive weight strangely expressive, fragile and
strong at the same time.
Egtved is the name of a small village in Jutland, not far from Vejle. The sculptor spent the last twenty-
four years of his life living close to it.
S.L.
¹
Gunnar Jespersen,
Robert Jacobsen,
Sophienholm, Copenhagen

, p.
.
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