Oil on canvas
Unframed: 70.2 x 90.5 cm (27 5/8 x 35 5/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Gordon D. Meals 1966.139
Lubertus Jacobus Swaanswijk, called Lucebert, was primarily a poet. He published his writings in COBRA's journal and in the group's 1949 exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, where he "installed" his poems as scraps of paper pinned to a construction that resembled a cage, called the "poet's cage." Lucebert later became known for his painting and drawing as well as for his writing, which he worked to integrate with visual art.
Nymphenspiel, or Nymph's Game, depicts several childlike nymphs or fairies against a surreal background. The party or game is a subject often found in work by COBRA artists, who were attracted to the idea of designated time away from work for expression and celebration.
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