Ejler Bille (b. Odder 1910, d. Ørby 2004)

Composition with figures, recto et verso. Signed E. Bille 1942. Oil on canvas. 75×67 cm.

Usually, we associate CoBrA with the year 1948, when the movement was officially founded. However, this does not change the fact that both Asger Jorn, Egill Jacobsen and Carl-Henning Pedersen all began their work with the spontaneous, expressive painting style many years earlier. In this double composition from 1942, Bille demonstrates his virtuosic mastery of a strong palette, which he uses to conjure up a pulsating life in the numerous ornaments and figures that are already a part of his universe. The composition bears a great resemblance to several of the works in Anna and Kresten Krestensen's collection, which is on display in the Museum of Modern Art Aalborg's permanent collection.

This lot is subject to Artist's Royalty.

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Paintings, sculptures and a sound recording with John Lennon, 28 September 2021


500,000–600,000 DKK


Price realised

500,000 DKK