Carl-Henning Pedersen : 1913-2007
'The Dream - 1947'
At the end of the Thirties a group of artists in Denmark broke away from the naturalistic school of painting, and with great talent and courage created a new, expressionistic imagery. These were the artists which later established contact with international art circles through the COBRA group. 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.
Carl-Henning Pedersen is an extremely productive artist. He loves painting, and he paints quickly in the conviction that a work of art should be created rapidly and spontaneously to catch the emotions of the mind and translate them into painting. Among the early works of his youth should be mentioned the black and white bird paintings, in which the drama of the drawing and the luminous beauty of the grey tones are notable. The pink figures and a series of violent, expressionistic paintings date from 1939—40, the years of his break-through. During the war and the German occupation of
As well as painting in oils Carl-Henning Pedersen has produced through the years numerous water-colours, pastels, crayon-drawings and ink-drawings, all of which are in no way less characteristic of his style. The medium of mo-saic has in recent years greatly attracted him. A huge mosaic ,>
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