CoBrA was an artistic movement established in 1948 by artists from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam, drawing inspiration from the art of children.

The name CoBrA is derived from the initial letters of the cities Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam, where the group's founder members resided. Interestingly, the name also coincidentally alludes to the snake, and animal imagery was a common theme in CoBrA painting. Beyond their artistic endeavours, the group was actively engaged in social and political issues. In 1949, they organised a significant exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam titled ‘International Experimental Art’.

Key founding members of CoBrA included Karel Appel, Asger Jorn, Constant Nieuwenhuys (known as Constant), and Ernest Mancoba. The group disbanded in the early 1950s.

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.