The Artist :
Corneille was born in Liege Belgium in 1922, of Dutch parents.
He was a painter, printmaker, ceramicist and writer. Nevertheless, his
artistic career was mainly in Paris.Corneille, together in Holland with
Karl Appel,and George Constant formed a experimental
Corneille's early work was naturalistic,
but after being inspired by the joie de vivre of French painters, and
in particular by the work of younger artists such as Edouard Pignon, he
slowly moved into the Cubist style. The poetic Corneille was strongly
influenced by Miro and Klee. After the group dissolved in 1951 he moved
to Paris and began collecting African art. These primitive artifacts became
evident in his works, which began to take on a more imaginative style,
like landscapes seen from a bird's eye view, exotic birds and stylised
forms. Throughout the 1950's Corneille exhibited in Western Europe. He
came to the United States in 1958, after having won the 1956 First Honorable
Mention at the Carnegie Institute. France.
Some major exhibitions have included Accrochage, Beverloo- C. Guillaume, Galerie Boisserée, J. & W. Boisserée, Har-El Printers & Publishers. Regarding major collections, Corneilles work is represented in the collections of major museums in Europe, the United States, Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America: including collections in Chazen Museum, and Dordrechts Museumof Art, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In Israel Corneille worked with with the Jaffa Atalier. September 2003 there was an opening of his exhibition of prints, in the Ramat-Gan Museum of Art, Israel. From 2000 - 2010 Corneille lived and worked in Paris.
Corneille, like most of the artists associated with the
CoBrA group, employed some sort of subject/figuration which usually derived
from folk art, children's art, prehistoric, or primitive art. This expression,
combined with the CoBrA group's most important unifying principle - the
doctrine of complete freedom of abstract expressive forms, with an accent
on gesture, is the basis of Corneille's work.
Corneille's work is marked by brilliant colors and vigorous
brush strokes. Using largely undiluted primary colors with blacks, whites,
and greens, his art combines asymmetrically balanced color and shapes
sufficient to bring a degree of order out of apparent chaos, and at the
same time not diminish the explosive fury of abstract expressionist art.
See Alechinsky, CoBrA artist.
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