The artist Richard Mortensen (1910-1993) is best known for his painting and graphics. In 1933-34, together with Ejler Bille and Vilhelm Bjerke Petersen, he formed the Linien artist group, who were instrumental in introducing Surrealism to Denmark. In 1947, together with the sculptor Robert Jacobsen, he moved to Paris, where, at the Galerie Denise René, together with a number of other artists, he explored the expressive potential of Constructivism and Abstraction. Many of his later works were Inspired by Zen Buddhism. Mortensen is one of the most important Danish artists of the 20th Century, and received several honorary awards.