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Knud Merrild

Full name: Knud Merrild
Gender: Male
Born: May 10, 1894 in Ødum, Favrskov, Midtjylland, Denmark
Died: December 31, 1954 in Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Country: DEN Denmark
Sport: Art Competitions

Biography

Knud Merrild studied art and design in Denmark and immigrated to the United States in 1921. He and another Danish artist, Kai G. Götzsche, travelled around and met D. H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda. The Lawrence’s convinced them to remain in New Mexico for the winter. During the winter of 1922-23 Merrild created a body of work relating to New Mexico and later wrote a book about his experiences with D. H. Lawrence, A Poet and Two Painters, which was first published in 1939 and made him well-known.

In 1923, Merrild went to Los Angeles for the next 30 years. There he created his most significant work, an output of several hundred works in a range of styles. Merrild's early works were cubist inspired paintings and watercolors. He later experimented with different materials in an effort to create works with three-dimensional outputs.

His works were mostly described as surrealistic and were included in recent survey exhibitions dealing with Surrealism in the United States. In 1942 he developed a totally new technique of painting which he called "flux", a process by which he alternatively poured or dripped paints onto a fluid surface. In some cases, the resulting works were entirely abstract while in others, concrete images could be recognized.

In 1952 Merrild suffered a heart attack and returned to his native country seeking less expensive medical care. He did not produce any more work in Denmark and died in 1954.

Results

Mixed Painting

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1924 Summer 29 Paris Art Competitions Denmark Final Standings AC Female Gymnasts
1924 Summer 29 Paris Art Competitions Denmark Final Standings AC Jeu de Paume
1924 Summer 29 Paris Art Competitions Denmark Final Standings AC The Swimmer
1924 Summer 29 Paris Art Competitions Denmark Final Standings AC The Boxer
1924 Summer 29 Paris Art Competitions Denmark Final Standings AC Baseball
1924 Summer 29 Paris Art Competitions Denmark Final Standings AC The Beautiful Suzanne

Mixed Painting, Unknown Event

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1932 Summer 38 Los Angeles Art Competitions Denmark Final Standings AC Tennis
1932 Summer 38 Los Angeles Art Competitions Denmark Final Standings AC Swimming
1932 Summer 38 Los Angeles Art Competitions Denmark Final Standings AC Soccer