Christian Dotremont was a Belgian poet, painter, and co-founder of the Cobra movement. Born on December 12, 1922, in Tervuren, Belgium, Dotremont played a significant role in the European avant-garde art scene of the mid-20th century.

In 1948, Dotremont co-founded the Cobra movement, which was an influential avant-garde artistic movement that emphasized spontaneity, experimentation, and the use of vibrant colors. The Cobra group consisted of artists from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam, and it aimed to break away from traditional artistic conventions.

As a poet, Dotremont was known for his experiments with language and form. He developed a unique style called “logogrammes,” which combined elements of poetry and visual art. These logogrammes were characterized by the integration of handwritten texts and abstract imagery, creating a dynamic interplay between word and image.

In addition to his work with Cobra and poetry, Dotremont was also an accomplished painter. His paintings often featured bold colors, expressive brushwork, and abstract forms, reflecting the influence of Cobra’s ethos of spontaneity and emotional expression.

Throughout his career, Dotremont remained dedicated to pushing the boundaries of artistic expression. He continued to explore new ideas and techniques, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and creativity in both poetry and visual art. Dotremont passed away on August 20, 1979, but his contributions to the avant-garde art movement continue to be celebrated and studied to this day.