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Corneille

Belgian, 1922-2010
The Dutch artist Corneille created lyrical, expressionist paintings bursting with color and was one of the founders of the postwar European art movement known as Cobra. Corneille was best known for radicalizing the conservative Dutch art world in the early 1950s, making modern art not only acceptable, but embraceable as well. He placed familiar subjects — birds, cats, women and landscapes — in mythological and often childlike contexts, imbuing them with spontaneity and bright, sensual reds. "I am a painter of joy," Corneille remarked at a 2007 exhibition of his work at the Cobra Museum, said Katja Weitering, the artistic director of the museum, in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam. "He was really an artist for all people," she said. "He was open to the audience; he appeared in documentaries, on television, and frequently visited exhibitions. It's safe to say we consider him one of the most important modern artists of the postwar." In the Netherlands, she added, his fame and influence derived from the appeal of Cobra. Born Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo to Dutch parents on July 3, 1922, in Liège, Belgium, Corneille was influenced by Miró, Picasso and Paul Klee but claimed the most profound connection to van Gogh because of their shared passion for color, form and nature. Corneille founded Cobra in 1948 with five other artists, including his close friends Karel Appel and Constant Nieuwenhuys. The name was an acronym made up of the artists' home cities — Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam. The artists drew inspiration from surrealism, but believed that style promoted too much discussion and not enough action. Instead, Corneille and his friends formed a united front in postwar Europe, urging a break from tradition and toward freedom and vitality. In an intense three years, Cobra produced two major international exhibitions and published 10 issues of a magazine for which Corneille wrote poetry. Cobra disbanded in 1951, saying it had achieved its goals, and the artists returned to their individual careers. Corneille began his artistic life in 1940, studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. Though he made his home base in Paris in the early 1950s, he traveled extensively in Africa, Cuba, Brazil, and Mexico. In Africa he became fascinated by the colors, smells and cultures, Ms. Weitering said, collecting brightly painted objects like the masks he later used as themes. He also spent time in Italy, Israel and San Francisco, expanding his repertory to include etching, ceramics and printmaking. Beyond the Netherlands, Corneille's work is in the collections of several American museums, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
(Biography provided by Lincoln Glenn)
DEUX AMIES Signed Hand Drawn Lithograph, Female Nudes, Blue Sofa, Floral Rug
By Corneille
Located in Union City, NJ
DEUX AMIES is an original hand drawn limited edition lithograph by the Dutch artist known as CORNEILLE(Guillaume van Beverloo) an abstract expressionist who co-founded the 20th Century experimental art movement CoBrA recognized for their spontaneous, rebellious style of painting that was heavily inspired by the art of children and the mentally ill. Corneille devises his colorful fantastic imagery with exotic plant forms, sensuous female bodies, animals and lively pattern design. DEUX AMIES depicts an almost birds-eye view of an interior portrait scene portraying two reclining female nudes; their light blue bodies delineated with cobalt blue details and dark blue hair posed lying on a brown and beige damask floral rug. DEUX AMIES captures the eye with its vivid colors of orange, yellow, green, and dark black purple accenting the left area of the composition with a bright blue sofa...
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1980s Contemporary Corneille

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Lithograph

LE TAPIS NOIR Signed Lithograph, Reclining Nude, Damask Wallpaper, Red Armchair
By Corneille
Located in Union City, NJ
LE TAPIS NOIR is an original hand drawn limited edition lithograph by the Dutch artist known as CORNEILLE(Guillaume van Beverloo) an abstract expressionist who co-founded the 20th Century experimental art movement CoBrA recognized for their spontaneous, rebellious style of painting that was heavily inspired by the art of children and the mentally ill. Corneille devises his colorful fantastic imagery with exotic plant forms, sensuous female bodies, animals and lively pattern design. LE TAPIS NOIR is an erotic and intimate interior scene depicting a lying female nude whose muted beige pink body with dark maroon hair and cobalt blue delineated form reclines on a deep black carpet provocatively looking out toward the viewer. Her head rests on a decorative round pillow cushion; a bright red armchair in the distant corner draws attention to the yellow beige damask wallpaper...
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1980s Contemporary Corneille

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Lithograph

L' Été Éclater Signed Lithograph, Portrait Heads Exotic Bird, Mauve Yellow Green
By Corneille
Located in Union City, NJ
L' Été ´Eclater is an original hand drawn limited edition lithograph printed on archival Somerset paper 100% acid, free, by the Dutch artist known as CORNEILLE(Guillaume van Beverloo...
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1980s Expressionist Corneille

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Lithograph

SOUS LES PALMIERS Signed Lithograph, Female Nude, Exotic Landscape, Palm Trees
By Corneille
Located in Union City, NJ
SOUS LES PALMIERS is an original hand drawn limited edition lithograph printed in vivid colors on archival Somerset paper 100% acid free by the Dutch artist known as CORNEILLE(Guilla...
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1980s Expressionist Corneille

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Lithograph

LES DEUX AMIES Signed Lithograph, Two Friends Portrait, Dark Mauve, Periwinkle
By Corneille
Located in Union City, NJ
Les Deux Amies is an original hand drawn limited edition lithograph printed in 13 colors on archival Somerset paper 100% acid, free, by the Dutch artist known as CORNEILLE(Guillaume van Beverloo) an abstract expressionist who co-founded the 20th Century experimental art movement CoBrA recognized for their spontaneous, rebellious style of painting that was heavily inspired by the art of children and the mentally ill. Corneille devises his colorful fantastic imagery with exotic plant forms, sensuous female bodies, animals and lively pattern design. Les Deux Amies is a fantastical red outlined portrait of two people; one a frontally posed female depicted with a bright blue, wavy wedge hairdo and dark mauve face. Her colorful mask...
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1980s Expressionist Corneille

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Lithograph

L'Ouverture Sur L'Été, Hand Drawn Lithograph, Green Female Nude Exotic Blue Bird
By Corneille
Located in Union City, NJ
L'Ouverture sur L' Été is an original hand drawn limited edition lithograph by the Dutch artist known as CORNEILLE(Guillaume van Beverloo) an abstract expressionist who co-founded the 20th Century experimental art movement CoBrA recognized for their spontaneous, rebellious style of painting that was heavily inspired by the art of children and the mentally ill. Corneille devises his colorful fantastic imagery with exotic plant forms, sensuous female bodies, animals and lively pattern design. L'Ouverture sur L' Été depicts a bold reclining female nude whose mint green body with cobalt blue delineated details and face rests upon a deep green background amidst the heat of summer - red horizon with blazing yellow sun and an exotic blue bird hovering above. Print size - 19.5 x 25.5 inches, unframed, full bleed image, no margins, pencil signed by Corneille Edition size - 200 Year published - 1981 About the artist Corneille - Guillaume Corneille was born in Liege, Belgium on July 3, 1922. Corneille studied drawing at the Amsterdam Rijksakademie, but as a painter he was entirely self-taught. After having attended courses at the School of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, he started his painting experience influenced by Surrealism. Corneille, also known as Corneille Guillaume Beverloo, was a painter and graphic artist who radicalized the conservative Dutch art world in the early 1950s. He is co-founder with Karel Appel, Eugene Brands...
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1980s Expressionist Corneille

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Lithograph

Image D'un Été (Image of Summer) Signed Lithograph, Female Nude, Blue Hair, Bird
By Corneille
Located in Union City, NJ
Image D'un Été is an original hand drawn limited edition lithograph printed using hand lithography techniques on archival Somerset paper, 100% acid free, by the Dutch artist known as CORNEILLE(Guillaume van Beverloo) an abstract expressionist who co-founded the 20th Century experimental art movement CoBrA recognized for their spontaneous, rebellious style of painting that was heavily inspired by the art of children and the mentally ill. Corneille devises his colorful fantastic imagery with exotic plant forms, sensuous female bodies, animals and lively pattern design. Image D'un Été confronts the viewer with a bold erotic red female nude with blue hair and an exotic tropical bird soaring beneath the heat of a blazing red orange sun. Print size - 23.25 x 19.75 in. unframed, vivid colors, pencil signed by Corneille Edition size - 200, plus proofs Year published - 1981 Printer - JK Fine Art Editions Co., NY About the artist Corneille - Guillaume Corneille was born in Liege, Belgium on July 3, 1922. Corneille studied drawing at the Amsterdam Rijksakademie, but as a painter he was entirely self-taught. After having attended courses at the School of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, he started his painting experience influenced by Surrealism. Corneille, also known as Corneille Guillaume Beverloo, was a painter and graphic artist who radicalized the conservative Dutch art world in the early 1950s. He is co-founder with Karel Appel, Eugene Brands...
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1980s Expressionist Corneille

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Lithograph

Confiance à l’oiseau.
By Corneille
Located in Malmo, SE
Publisher GKM. Unframed. Edition of 150 ex Paper: 300gr. Goya. Signed, dated and numbered. Corneille, one of the founders of the COBRA group, has passed away. He died in Paris on Su...
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1980s Contemporary Corneille

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Screen

Confiance à l’oiseau.
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