A complete run of 12 issues (9 fascicules, bound in 2 volumes, 146 and 172 pp., respectively) of the influential Danish art journal devoted in particular to the dissemination of avant-garde art in Denmark during World War II, co-founded and edited by the artist Asger Jorn (Asger Jørgensen) and his close friend, the architect Robert Dahlmann Olsen, with contributions by numerous noted critics, scholars, writers, and artists, including Carl Henning Pedersen, Egill Jacobsen, Bernhard Christensen, Werner Jacobsen, Ejler Bille, Henry Heerup, Svavar Gudnason, Bodil Bech, Knud Lundbaek, and many others. Profusely illustrated throughout, including some original graphic works (some in color) by Svavar Gudnason, Niels Lergaard, Eyvind Olesen, Carl Henning Pedersen, Henry Heerup, Asjer Jorn, Sigrid Steenstrup, Else Alfelt, Svend Engelund, Egon Matthiesen, Egill Jacobsen, and others. Small 4to. Original illustrated boards designed by Carl Henning Pedersen and Asger Jorn, original illustrated wrpps. bound in. Some very minor soiling, browning, and edgewear. Copenhagen (I Kommission hos Athenaeum) 1941-1944.
Many Danish artists who, after the war, constituted the Copenhagen branch of the European avant-garde movement COBRA, were introduced for the first time in Helhesten. Several of them wrote essays about each other, and others had their artwork included in the journal. A fine and rare complete set of one of the most important Danish avant-garde journals.
Book ID: 50653