An artistic movement formed out of the Danish Spiralen group (Copenhagen), the Belgian Bureau Internationale de Surrealisme Révolutionnaire (Brussels), and the Dutch Experimental Group (Amsterdam).
Its adherents had affinities with American action painting in their emphasis of the unconscious and spontaneous. Their works are distinctive for their abstracted compositions, violent brushwork and saturated color.
Cobra 1948-51, exh. cat. Stedlijk Museum (Amsterdam, 1962)
Also See:· action painting