Christian Dotremont

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Christian Dotremont
Born(1922-12-12)12 December 1922
Died20 August 1979(1979-08-20) (aged 56)
Buizingen, Belgium
Occupation(s)painter, poet

Christian Dotremont, (French pronunciation: [kʁistjɑ̃ dɔtʁəmɔ̃]; 12 December 1922 – 20 August 1979), was a Belgian painter and poet who was born in Tervuren, Belgium. He was a founding member of the Revolutionary Surrealist Group (1946) and he also founded COBRA together with Danish artist Asger Jorn.[1] In this capacity he was responsible for bringing Henri Lefebvre's Critique de la vie quotidienne (1946) to the group's attention.[2] He later became well known for his painted poems (French: Peinture mots), which he called logograms.

He died of tuberculosis in Buizingen.



  1. ^ Stewart Home, (1988) The Assault on Culture: Utopian currents from Lettrisme to Class War London : Unpopular Books and Aporia Press ISBN 0-948518-88-X
  2. ^ Sadler, Simon (1999). The Situationist City. MIT Press. pp. 19–20.


  • Labisse (1946)
  • Les jambages au cou (1949)
  • Cobra 1948 - 1951 - with an introduction by Christian Dotremont, (1980, Jean-Michel Place)
  • Cartes et lettres : correspondance 1966-1979 (1986)

External links[edit]

  • 5 Logograms in translation [1]