Cobra - the name is compounded from the first letters of the cities of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam - was a romantic movement and part of a wider manifestation of expressionist art throughout the Western world, including, among other things. Cobra called itself a ‘group of Barbarians’ or ‘Vikings’, a northern alliance against the aesthetic and intellectual Parisian abstractionists who dominated the world of art.

Cobra - the name is compounded from the first letters of the cities of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam - was a romantic movement and part of a wider manifestation of expressionist art throughout the Western world, including, among other things. Cobra called itself a ‘group of Barbarians’ or ‘Vikings’, a northern alliance against the aesthetic and intellectual Parisian abstractionists who dominated the world of art.

Soon after the end of the Second World War, in 1948, a number of young artists combined forces in the Cobra movement to protest against attempts to restore prewar conditions. Cobra was a passionate ‘Cry of Freedom’ (the title of a painting by Karel Appel). From the outset, these artists were inspired by a longing for simplicity and originality and they searched for ‘first signs’, dug up from the subconscious.

Soon after the end of the Second World War, in 1948, a number of young artists combined forces in the Cobra movement to protest against attempts to restore prewar conditions. Cobra was a passionate ‘Cry of Freedom’ (the title of a painting by Karel Appel). From the outset, these artists were inspired by a longing for simplicity and originality and they searched for ‘first signs’, dug up from the subconscious.

Jorn, Asger. Danish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, designer, collector, and writer, active in Paris for much of his career. Initially he trained to be a teacher, but in 1936 he went to Paris to study art. He attended Léger's academy for ten months and then worked for Le Corbusier on a mural for the 1937 International Exhibition. Throughout the Second World War he lived in Denmark and during the German occupation (1940–5) he printed a banned periodical.

Jorn, Asger. Danish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, designer, collector, and writer, active in Paris for much of his career. Initially he trained to be a teacher, but in 1936 he went to Paris to study art. He attended Léger's academy for ten months and then worked for Le Corbusier on a mural for the 1937 International Exhibition. Throughout the Second World War he lived in Denmark and during the German occupation (1940–5) he printed a banned periodical.

The Dutch painter Jan Nieuwenhuijs is probably the most mysterious artist of the European CoBrA movement. He was one of the early active founders of the Dutch ‘Experimentele groep’ that later became part of CoBrA.

The Dutch painter Jan Nieuwenhuijs is probably the most mysterious artist of the European CoBrA movement. He was one of the early active founders of the Dutch ‘Experimentele groep’ that later became part of CoBrA.

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Burning Earth Constant Nieuwenhuijs

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