Born in the southern part of Jylland, a territory which annexed by Germany and only restored to Denmark in 1920, Franciska Clausen studied under Hans Hofmann, a painter close to the Fauve and French Cubist movements, in Munich in 1918.
In 1922-1923, she worked in Berlin at the studios of Lázló Moholy-Nagy and Alexander Archipenko. Under this double avant-gardist influence, she exhibited with the November group, a collective of politically committed artists, and created her first abstract collages and stylised still lifes.
In 1924, she enrolled in Fernand Léger and Amédée Ozenfant’s Académie moderne in Paris, and exhibited at the event L’atelier de Fernand Léger (1924), an exhi
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