Jorgen Boberg’s Teresas


The Teresa Egg.

Danish artist Jorgen Boberg (1940–2009) described these early artworks as Surrealist, but if they have to be pigeonholed then Fantastic Realism may be as good a description. Everything here is from a feature in issue 12 of Avant Garde magazine for May 1970, and at first glance I thought the paintings and etchings might be the work of Ernst Fuchs, co-founder of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. (Fuchs’ art did appear in issue 9 of the same magazine.) Boberg at this stage in his career shared with Fuchs a preoccupation with bodily metamorphosis, jewelled forms and religious iconography. All the pictures in this feature have “Teresa” in their titles, although whether the name refers to Teresa of Ávila or to a private fixation of the artist isn’t clear.


Teresa’s Dream of Birth.


The Metamorphosis of Teresa.


Teresa’s Dream of the Temple.

Previously on { feuilleton }
Ernst Fuchs, 1930–2015

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The etching and engraving archive
The fantastic art archive

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  1. Thank you for introducing me to Jorgen Boberg, whom I’ve never before encountered. I am a long time admirer of Fuchs, and I can see similarities in these fascinating images.

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