(Amsterdam 1924 – Alkmaar 1994)
Signed and dated ’91.III lower left
Mixed media on paper, 69.8 x 100.9 cm
Private collection, the Netherlands
Lucebert (Lubertus Jacobus Swaanswijk) was a Dutch artist who first became known as the poet of the CoBrA movement. Already at an early age he was interested in both literature and art, with a fascination for German romantic poetry, modern painting (Picasso, Klee, Ernst) and comic strips. The influence of the latter can still be clearly seen in the caricatural and cartoon-like nature of his drawings and paintings. He won four impressive oeuvre prizes for his poetry, and his line of verse “alles van waarde is weerloos” (everything of value is defenceless) is part of the collective memory of the Dutch. Yet his poetry does not outshine his visual work. Lucebert’s paintings and drawings, on the other hand, are still regularly exhibited in museums.