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Corneille


1922-2010

Bio

Corneille is born in Luik (Belgium) in 1922 as Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo. In 1940, he moves to the Netherlands, where he attends the Rijksacademie, an art college in Amsterdam. In 1948, he joins the Experimentele Groep Holland. Later that year he is a founding member of the Cobra group. This group, which consists of artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, turns away from academism and lets themselves be inspired by children’s drawings, drawings by mentally disabled, primitive art and folk art.
In 1951 the Cobra group falls apart. A year before, Corneille settles in Paris, from where his fame spreads throughout the world.
In Corneille’s fifties and early sixties work, naturalistic elements, such as stones and rocks, play an important part. Much of his work from this period shows abstract landscapes, seen from the air. From about 1965, the figurative element in Corneille’s work returns.
In the course of the seventies, Corneille’s imagery becomes more limited. Multicoloured images of women, birds and cats, caught in heavy contour lines, dominate the compositions.
During his whole artistic career, Corneille was inspired by the Cobra principles. Inspiration also came from his journeys to exotic destinations, such as Africa and Middle and South America.

Portret Corneille bij biografie
photo Rein van Zanen
Werk

H

1974
Suite of five screenprints on Arches
32 x 25.2 cm (all sheets)

Chat couché dans le désert

1953
Litho on Marais
32.6 x 49.9 cm (sheet), 27.8 x 31.6 cm (image)

Dans le ciel mediterranéen

1965
Lithograph on Vélin d'Arches
64.4 x 49.4 cm (sheet), 48 x 41 cm (image)

Jardin errant

1963
Eight lithographs on Rives BFK
33 x 25 cm (sheet); approx. 30 x 23 cm (image)

Enchantement de l’été

1962
Lithograph
57 x 76 cm (sheet), 47.5 x 62 cm (image)

Asmara

1957
Lithograph on Rives BFK
50.3 x 65.2 cm (sheet), 36.1 x 50.3 cm (image)

Danse des insectes dans l’herbe, l’été

1961
Lithograph on Rives BFK
50.5 x 65.8 cm (sheet), approx. 39 x 53 cm (image)

Effervescence des oiseaux après la moisson

1962
Lithograph on Rives BFK
50 x 65.5 cm (sheet), 37.2 x 52.3 cm (image)

Terre et astres

1958
Lithograph
81 x 57 cm (sheet), 72.5 x 53.5 cm (image)

Untitled

1962
Lithograph on Arches
39.6 x 28.6 cm (sheet), 18 x 17.2 cm (image)

Untitled

1988
Screenprint
31.7 x 90 cm (sheet), 20.5 x 75.8 cm (image)

Untitled

1990
Screenprint
65.5 x 84.4 cm

Untitled

1989
Lithograph
65.5 x 84.5 cm

Een schedel vol stem

1991
Suite of five screenprints
Approx. 22.5 x 18 cm each

Charlie Parker

1951
Lithograph
64 x 47.8 (sheet), 44.7 x 33.5 cm (image)

Untitled

2004
Ink on paper
29.7 x 21 cm