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Carl-Henning Pedersen

Carl-Henning Pedersen

Carl Henning Pedersen PortraitCarl-Henning Pedersen was a Danish painter and a key member of the COBRA movement. Carl-Henning Pedersen is one of the most outstanding of these, and his art greatly influenced most of the members of the group. His poetic talent and particularly his appreciation of the expressive powers of colour have inspired him to paint pictures of great dramatic beauty and originality.
Carl-Henning Pedersen is a painter of phantasy and fairy-tale. He leads us into a strange world of fable populated by strange beings, weird horses and birds that fly away into a red dawn or under a golden star, where distant towers and fairy palaces appear as visions in the sky or in the deep blue of the sea. Although the soul of his painting is to be found not in his figures, but in the colours which magically illuminate his pictures. For him, colour is a mysterious, compelling force, a perpetual source of new discovery and delight. He is an artist for whom colour is poetry.
Born in Copenhagen in 1913 and poor, he decided to become a painter at an early age. He is self-taught, seeking from the beginning to develop his own style. Klee and Picasso meant something to him at first, but later he was drawn to Monet and the Neo-Impressionists. Primitive art has also provided him with inspiration, and he has written about the mediaeval murals in the churches of Sjælland in Denmark. Many journeys through Southern Europe and the East have given him the opportunity to absorb folk art and, not least, the philosophy behind it. However no great outside influence has ever played a decisive role in the development of his style. He maintains that each artist must pursue his own course with his own help. He was known as the "Scandinavian Chagall", and was one of the leading Danish artists of the second half of the 20th century
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