Aleschensky, Piere: 1927 (Brussels)

The Artist:

Piere Aleschinsky was born in Belgium in 1927. He studied at the Ecole National Superieure d' Architecture et des Arts Decoratifs (Brussels), specializing in book illustration and typography. By 1947 Aleschensky established himself as a painter and graphic artist and became a member of the association "Jeune Peinture Belge". In 1949 joined the "Cobra" group, as its youngest member.

CoBrA (an acronym made up of the three dominant cities represented in the group - Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam) was a group of European Post World War II expressionists noted for working in a figuratively inclined abstract idiom. The movement was born out a revulsion toward World War II, the Ecole de Paris, and what the group deemed to be the confinements of geometric abstraction, the style that then dominated the European art scene. CoBrA can be considered analogous in character to Abstract Expressionism, which was contemporaneously developing in the United States.

Aleschensky severed his connection with "Cobra" in 1951 and settled in Paris, where he studied graphic techniques at Studio 17 under S. W. Hayer. At this time he made contact with Japanese calligraphers and in 1955 he traveled to the Far East and produced a film, Calligraphie Japonaise.

Aleschinsky paints in a style of vigorous, even violent expressive abstraction which has closer affinities with Nordic Expressionism than with the Classical restraint of the School of Paris. Residual figurative motifs are constant to his work, and these are redolent of turbulent fantasy, often approaching Surrealism and also showing a strong debt to Ensor.

In 1976 Aleschensky was the first winner of the Prix Andrew Mellon, a $50,000. award and prize created for artists as a distinction equivalent to that of the writer's Pulitzer or the scientist's Nobel. And, a selection of his entire work was assembled for a retrospective exhibition which inaugurated the Pittsburgh International series at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. His work is in private and public permanent collections and is represented in more than 65 major art museums in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Untied States where it is exhibited including: Institute Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires; Musees Royaux des Beau-Arts de Belgie, Brussels; Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten van Belgie, Brussels; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Liege; Musee Communal, La Louviere; Bibliotheque Royle (Cabinet des Estampes), Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Prentenkabinet, Brussels); Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerpen; Museu de Arte Moderna San Paulo; Collrvtions d'Etat Brussels; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Baltimore Museum; University Museum, Berkeley; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; Arts Club Chicago; Centre Nationale d'Art de Culture Georges-Pompidou, Paris; Walker Art. Center Minneapolis; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Israel Museum Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum; Bridgestone Museum, Tokyo; Stedelijk, Amsterdam; Boymans-van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Warschau; Sonja Henie and Niels Onstad Foundation, Oslo; and Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.

The Art:

Critics deem Aleschensky a leading and revolutionary art figure. By the late 60's Aleschensky said of his own work that he believed it achieved what CoBrA had been only hinting at, i.e., " freedom, breathing, ease, and pleasure." Of his attitude and technique he added "...When I paint, I liberate monsters, my own monsters - and for these I am responsible,... In drawing everything must be written without regret." His art compared on a grand level translates with humor and earthy fantasies, similarly to his Belgian predecessors, Breughel and Ensor. The art displayed below, from the 1977 Windows suite, is classic Aleschinsky. The suite is a portfolio of seven lithographs in color with etching. The edition is 99, and each image is signed and numbered in pencil by the artist.

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Pierre Aleschensky. Red Composition. from the Krach Portfolio. 70/99. Lithograph and Etching. The paper size is 22" x30". The etching was acquired in 1978. The art is signed and numbered in pencil. Under the lithograph Aleschensky glued a negotiable bank note. The artwork, margins and surface, is in pristine condition. Close-Up

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Pierre Aleschensky. Dark Green Composition. from the Krach Portfolio. 70/99. Lithograph and Etching. The paper size is 30" x 22". The etching was acquired in 1978. The art is signed and numbered in pencil. Under the lithograph Aleschensky glued a negotiable bank note. The artwork, margins and surface, is in pristine condition. Close-Up

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Pierre Aleschensky. Light Green. from the Krach Portfolio. 70/99. Lithograph and Etching. The paper size is 22" x30". The etching was acquired in 1978. The art is signed and numbered in pencil. Under the lithograph Aleschensky glued a negotiable bank note. The artwork, margins and surface, is in pristine condition. Close-Up

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Pierre Aleschensky. Artexpo 1979. Poster from an exhibition of Aleschensky's work at the International Art Exposition in Washington D.C. 1979. Offset Lithograph. The paper size is 17" x 14". The poster, margins and art surface, is in pristine condition. Close-Up






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