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 Carl-Henning Pedersen  (1913 - 2007)

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Lived/Active: Denmark      Known for: post-war modernist painting, drawing and sculpture

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Self taught, Carl-Henning Pedersen was a Danish painter who was one of the founders of the Cobra Art Movement a group of post-war artists named for their native cities of Brussels, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.  Their goal was rebellian against conservatism in the arts and their shared style was violent-seeming brushwork and saturated color. 

At age 25, he had traveled from his native Copenhagen to Paris where he saw an exhibition of Nazi "Degenerate Art" by artists whose work had been banned during the Hitler regime.  From that time, Pedersen was an admirer of Marc Chagall and Paul Klee, painters whose abstract modernist work was in the exhibition.

Pedersen's expression became increasingly abstract during World War II, and following the War, he banded together with others to form the Cobra group.  They exhibited together from 1948 to 1951, and from that time Pedersen did "bright expressionistic imagery, especially fantasy-style horses and birds."

In 1962, he was Denmark's representative to the Venice Biennale. 

He was never interested in selling his work, although he participated in numerous exhibitions.  In the 1970s, 3,000 of his sculptures, paintings and drawings went to the city of Herning, Denmark, which in turn built a museum to honor this gift from the artist.

Janet Koplos, "Carl-Henning Pedersen-Obituaries", Art in America, April 2007, p. 158

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