Guillaume Corneille van Beverloo (1922 – 2010), better known under his pseudonym Corneille, was born in Liege, Belgium, although his parents were Dutch. The family moved back to the Netherlands when he was 12 and he studied art at the Academy of Art in Amsterdam. He was one of the founders of the REFLEX movement in 1948 as well as the COBRA movement in 1949, not only painting but also publishing poetry in the Cobra magazine. He was a co-founder of the Experimentele Groep in Holland. The poetic Corneille was strongly influenced by Miró and Klee. 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. He died in 2010 at Auvers-sur-Oise, France and his work is in the collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou.
Guillaume Corneille van Beverloo
Un Etée Ardent (Blazing Summer)
Lithograph 1968 65/120
image and paper size 760 x 570
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