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In 1948, Stephen Gilbert was invited to join CoBrA by Asger Jorn, who recognised his affinity with the aims of the newly-formed group. Gilbert had settled in Paris in 1945 and, for some time, had been taking inspiration for his work from animal and insect life. The resulting images were of hybrid and fantastical creatures, loosely painted in high colour. These elements (evident in this painting) offer glimpses of an energetic natural world uncorrupted by humans.

September 2004