Franciska Clausen

Franciska Clausen (1899-1986) holds an important position in Danish art history, through her adherence to the European constructivist avant-garde art during the 1920s.

She studied in Germany and France from 1918 to 1930 and received strong impulses from Laszlo Moholy-Nagy in Berlin and from Ferdinand Legér and Piet Mondrian in Paris. Franciska Clausen wanted to grasp the strength of everyday objects, process the image elements and create encounters between colours and geometric forms. She participated at several important exhibitions, and became a member of the international group Cercle et Carré.

She exhibited in Copenhagen in 1932, but was not accepted in her home country.
During the 1950s there became a renewed interest in her abstract art, and as an older woman she received recognition for her pioneer effort through her younger years.