Copenhagen, Centre graphique, 1969.
Large folio (580 x 630mm.), in sheets as issued in publisher’s illustrated portfolio.
Illustrated text page printed in blue and black, 8 stunning original colour lithographs numbered and signed by the artist, mounted in passe-partout. Layout by J. Chr. Sørensen. Complete.
First Edition, one of 100 copies on vélin d’Arches of a total issue of 125 copies.
Amazing large format 1960s Cobra children’s book by the great Danish artist.
CoBrA is a European interdisciplinary and collective avant-garde movement active in the aftermath of World War II (from 1948 to 1951), whose name was derived from the first letters of the three cities – Copenhagen (Co), Brussels (Br), Amsterdam (A) – that were the homes of its members, a group of young idealistic artists, philosophers, poets, and writers. CoBrA grew out of the artists’ critical stance toward capitalist production and consumption. Creative freedom, experimentation and social engagement were the driving forces of the movement, which married a primitivist eye for the raw creativity in the art of children and the mentally ill with a Marxist interpretation of the world to come. As a form of resistance to Western artistic values, they explored the elements and strategies of folk art, children’s art, and art from Africa and the Pacific Islands. Their resulting work was often characterized by bold colour and spontaneous brushwork, sometimes irreverent images of abstract and semi-abstract forms that evoked the brutal nature of the social conditions of the time. They wrote poems and essays about their ideas, which they published in periodicals they organized, Cobra and Helhesten. Although the CoBrA movement was short-lived, its artists worked independently thereafter, often furthering the aesthetic and ideals of the Cobra movement. The work they produced after 1948 became a major force in the development of American and European modern art from mid-century to the present.
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The lithographs have often been framed by collectors and very few complete copies of this book have thus survived.
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