Group of European expressionist painters formed by the Dutch artist Karel Appel in 1948. Other leading members were the Dane Asger Jorn and the Belgian-born painters Corneille (1922–2010) and Pierre Alechinsky (1927– ). Strongly influenced by the art of both children and the insane, the group developed an expressive and dynamic form of abstract painting, using thick, heavily worked paint and strong colours.
The name of the group was coined by Belgian painter and Cobra founder member Christian Dotremont (1922–1979) as an amalgam of abbreviations of the painters' cities: Co for Copenhagen, Br for Brussels, and A for Amsterdam. The Cobra Museum, established in Amstelveen, Netherlands, in 1995, is devoted to artists from this group.
An international Expressionist movement founded in Paris in 1948. The name is an acronym of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, the native...
Expressionist group of painters formed in Paris in 1948. The name derives from the first letters of the capitals of their native countries: Copenha