The Danish painter Carl Henning Pedersen is born in Copenhagen in 1913. He begins to paint as self-taught since 1933 and participates in the magazine “Linien” between surrealism and abstraction. From 1941 to 1943, Pedersen participates in the magazine “Helhester“. He is with his friend Asger Jorn, at the origin of the birth of the Cobra group (1948-1951) with the Dutch artists in Amsterdam, Appel, Constant, Corneille and the Belgians Christian Dotremont and Pierre Alechinsky, group which proposes an art based on freedom, imagination and spontaneity. Pedersen's work is extremely important and multiform: paintings, watercolors, sculptures, drawings, engravings, lithographs and monumental decorations. In addition, the artist has written: poetry, travel diaries and theoretical texts. Carl-Henning Pedersen has created an original universe, both in his visual patterns (masks, faces, fantastic creatures, half-animal, half human, dreamlike landscapes) that by his unbridled chromatics of lyricism. An important part of the artist's work is preserved in Herning (Jutland, Denmark) in the museum built for him and his first wife Else Alfelt (1910-1974) a painter who is also part of the Cobra adventure. The artist dies in Denmark in 2007.
Literature: "Carl Henning Pedersen", 2 Vol., Jean-Clarence Lambert, Ed The Art Circle, 2003