Asger Jorn, born Asger Oluf Jørgensen, came to the world on March 3, 1914, in Vejrum, Jutland, Denmark. He was the second oldest of six children into a family of Lars Peter Jørgensen and Maren Jørgensen, née Nielsen. Lars and Maren were teachers.
A twelve-year-old boy, Asger lost his father in a car crash. Soon, his mother moved the family to Silkeborg.
A committed Christian, Maren raised her children in austerity. Jorn didn’t like it at all and later expressed his rebel against any form of authority in his artworks.
At the age of fifteen, Asger Jorn was diagnosed with tuberculosis but soon recovered.