Ernst Hansen

29.10.1892 – 8.5.1968

Like several kindred spirits in the world of poster art, Ernst Hansen trained as a journeyman painter, but even before he had completed this training, he continued his career at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, where he was admitted in 1910. He worked as a draughtsman for Politiken and Berlingske Tidende and as a book illustrator. Having accompanied the explorer Knud Rasmussen on one of his expeditions to Greenland in 1930-32, Ernst Hansen took charge of the illustrations in the explorer’s books. When it comes to posters, Ernst Hansen was best known for the simple, elegant lines of his exhibition posters. Naked female forms, full of the joy of living, and nature were his preferred motifs.