Carl-Henning Pedersen Biography

Denmark, 1913 ? 2007

A renowned Danish painter, Carl-Henning Pendersen is known as the ?Scandinavian Chagall.? His abstract work, with swatches of bright color, emulated the work of Paul Klee.

During a 1939 trip to Paris, Pendersen came into contact with the work of Picasso, Matisse, and Chagall, who remained an influence on his art for the rest of his life.

He and his artist wife were founders of CoBrA, a European avant-garde movement, in the late 1940s. The movement?s name came from the cities where its founders lived: Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam.

He won the Eckersberg Award in 1950 and the Guggenheim Award in 1958, and his work has been shown and collected around the world.