COBRA by Jean-Clarence Lambert
Abbeville Press, 1984, First edition, 261 pp., 10 1/2" X 12", Hardcover
CoBrA was an international art movement of pioneering artists who caused a revolution in modern art following World War II. It was the first truly international post-war avant-garde art movement, whose members sought new means of expression, based on spontaneity and experimentation. Formed on 8 November 1948 in Paris by Karel Appel, Constant Nieuwenhuys, Corneille, Christian Dotrement, Asger Jorn and Joseph Noiret, CoBrA was chosen as the group’s name since it is an acronym for Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, the home cities of the collective’s founders. Though the group only lasted till November 1951, it had a lasting impact on art and in many ways continued to exist informally.