Asger Jorn was born in 1914 as Asger Jorgensen. His parents were teachers and had a strict Christian home, which did not suit the rebellious Asger particularly well.
Jorn studied painting under Fernand Legér between 1936 and 1937, after which he continued his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Jorn became one of Denmark's leading artists in abstract art and expressionistic painting. He founded the Cobra art movement together with Karel Appel and Corneille.
During his career, Jorn worked in Paris, Switzerland and Italy. His breakthrough came in 1958 when he exhibited the work, Letter to my son at the Brussels World’s Fair. Most of his work was donated to Museum Jorn, the Silkeborg Art Museum in Jutland, Denmark.