Dutch painter Corneille dies

Painting at the COBRA museum from familee on Vimeo.

From Reuters:

Corneille dies

AMSTERDAM | Sun Sep 5, 2010 12:35pm EDT

The Dutch painter Corneille, co-founder of the avant-garde Cobra movement, died on Sunday at the age of 88, the Dutch Cobra museum said on Sunday.

The Dutch news agency NOS said he had died in France, where he lived and worked.

Born on July 3, 1922, as Guillaume Cornelis Beverloo, Corneille became one of the driving forces behind Cobra, the movement founded by artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam and active from 1949 to 1952.

The group preached complete freedom of color and form and drew inspiration from children’s drawings, primitive art forms and the work of Paul Klee and Joan Miro [see also here].

“Corneille is considered to be one of the most important modern graphic artists of the previous century. As one of the pioneers of Cobra, he developed an entire new poetic art of painting,” the Dutch Cobra museum said in a statement.

Corneille was a close friend of Karel Appel, who died in 2006. Together they founded the Dutch Experimental Group in 1948, which later became absorbed into Cobra.

Other members of the movement included Constant, Christian Dotremont and Asger Jorn.

(Reporting by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Photo Gallery of Miro’s Surrealist Chaos: here.

The works of Joan Miró were the subject of a recent major retrospective exhibition, “The Ladder of Escape”, at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona: here.

2 thoughts on “Dutch painter Corneille dies

  1. It is terrible tragedy that Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo (Corneille) has passed away. You can help remember him by contributing to his memorial website at guillaumecornelisvanbeverloocorneille.people2remember.com [UPDATE: not working any more]


  2. Pingback: Cuban art exhibition in the Netherlands, part 2 | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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