The painter (CTA): Carl Trier Aagaard-Jensen (* 9/2 1890 - 4/6 1961), was born in Herning and raised in a strict religious household. His father worked his way up from shoe-repairer to shoe-manufacturer. His mother died when CTA was only six and he never had any good relation with his stepmother.
Already as a child he was fund of music. He learned to play organ and chello and was later the co-founder of  "Young Tone Artists of Copenhagen", the city in which he had received chello-lesson from Louis Jensen.

Later in his life in Western Jutland he played chamber music with, amonst others, music director Frederiksen in Varde who also conducted the 36 piece concert orchestra of Southwestern Jutland in which CTA played chello. They held ceveral successful concerts in Varde and Esberg and were broadcasted on radio once.

CTA started drawing, as children do, but unlike other children he never quit. He made his first oilpainting at the age of 16 portraying "Prince Paris verdic over the 7 Graties", at that time he had received his preliminary exams and spent a year at the school Herning school of technics.

He told his father of his desire to become a painter, but his father denied his wishes, saying he had to persue something useful. Therefore he was sent to Herning's pharmacy to become a pharmacist-trainee, and shortly after had to attend the pharmaceudical school of Copenhagen, from which he graduated as cand. pharm. and then worked in different pharmacies.

He never lost his passion for oilpaining and pained at night when he returned from the pharmacy but always missed painting in daylight. After the death of his father CTA dedicated himself to painting.

For his inherritance he attended the academy of fine arts in Copenhagen and received lessons in painting from painter Harald Giersing and mothers. He was also taught to sculpt in clay and bronze.

He made art-study travels to Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy.

CTA exhibited for the first time in 1917 on the artists fall-exhibition and Charlottenlund. Here they accepted a bronze-bust he had made of his brother and some painting. After that his paintings were exhibited at Charlottenlund for at least the following ten years.

In 1941 he exhibited on "The Free Exhibition" in Copenhagen, and futhermore he held private showings of his painting in Copenhagen, Herning, Esbjerg, Varde and Nymindegab.

Style of painting: Mainly expresionistic. He did many portraits including actor Ebbe Rohde but mainly of the common people he met throughout his life.

He also made a great deal of religiously inspired paintings but the majority of the motives were of his beloved landscapes in Western Jutland.

CTA came to Western Jutland for the first time in 1920 where he and his wife, author Anna Roslund made annual trips to Abeline's farm in Haurvig for 16 years. They were amonst the first tourists in the area and were the reason that a small outdoor lavatory was built by the beach-keeper's yard. To this day there is still a photo of CTA on the living room table at the farm, and the lavatory is the small green shed behind the farm.

The painting in the foyer of Nørre Nebel museum and libary depicts the locals of Abeline's farm by sickle on the meadows. As you can see they're dressed like fisherman, since people made their living by both trades.

In 1936 CTA built a large bungalow in functionalistic style in Nymindegab where he lived until his dying day, only interrupted by a few years of stay in Copenhagen during WW2 because he, like everybody else living between the fjord and the Nymindegab camp, was evicted by the Germans.

CTA was married three times. His fist marriage was to Dagmar Aagaard in the early 1920's. The marriage was short and they had a son, Ole Aagaard. After this, CTA met Anna Roslund divorced Dagmar, married Anna (November 19th, 1922) and was married to her for 23 years until she died from ilius of the intestines during their involentary stay in Copenhagen under the war (March 8th, 1945). They never had any children. In 1947 CTA married Anne Aagaard and stayed married to her until his death in 1961. CTA had two children in this marriage (me, Michael Trier Aagaard-Jensen, MD born 1948 and my sister, Pia Trier Aagaard-Jensen born in 1950 who is named after my father's second wife Anna Roslund, a generous gesture by our mother one must say).

On the museum in Nørre Nebel "Blaabjerg Egs museum og biblitek" hangs two landscapepaiting of Nymindegab by CTA one depicts the sunshine the other the heavy clouds of dark weather  casting its light and shadow over the dunes and fjord surroundings. These are typical paintings of landscape by CTA but another typical motive of his is missing. It's called "the road ends by the sea". The depicts two children, a boy and a girl, holding eachother by the hand. They're standing on the beach of Nymindegab in strong illumination of the sunset they're facing. The yellowredish sea mirrors in the sea in front of them and creates an imaginary road from the beach through the sea and up to the red clouds in the center of which the sun sits. This can be seen as a connection to heaven, or just a beautiful natural phenomenon. You can make your own conclusion if you get to see the picture. The road of the children in the painting ends by the sea.

CTA's road ended by the sea.

Sources: Aage Jacobsen's article in:

"Jul i vestjylland" 1942 p.29-31.

Personal recollections from my father to the best of my memory.

Kind regards

Carl Michael Trier Aagaard-Jensen, MD.

Son of CTA.

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