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Cobra Art Movement

Over Christmas, a dear member of my family, offered me a book dedicated to the CoBrA movement, a movement I knew very little about. It turned out that CoBrA is such a fascinating and inspiring art movement.

It started in 1948 in Paris and lasted for three years. CoBrA stands for Copenahgen, Brussels and Amsterdam because the artists participating in the movement came from Denmark, Belgium and The Netherlands.

The 1948-1951 period was characterised by a lot of activity in all areas of art including literature and poetry, sculpture and painting. Europe was coming out of World War II and closer to a European ideal of unity and peace in Europe. CoBrA artists embraced this internationalist spirit and applied it to their ar. They overcame the boundaries of their nationalities by collaborating closely between them. They overcame the boundaries of their own art by seeking expression through other forms of art. The CoBrA movement influences and inspires art still today.

The Musée de Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium hosts a unique exhibition about CoBrA until February 15. To find out more about the exhibition click here.

Here are a few examples of CoBrA artists. Enjoy them!



Anders Fosterling, Imaginary Red, 1950.
Oil on Canvas




Pierre Alechinsky & Pol Bury, Mixing Machine, 1964.
Ripolin paint on four transparent disks mounted on a central axle by Pol Bury, Indian ink on paper glued to a board, case by Pierre Alechinsky.




Christian Dotremont & Hugo Claus, Avant de dormir je compte mes insomnies, 1962. Watercolour and indian ink on paper.






Henry Heerup, Assemblage, 1951.
Oil on wood, assemblage of motorcycle wheels and parts.


To find out more about the COBRA movement try those links on the web




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