Corneille (Liège 1922-2010 Auvers-sur-Oise)
Signed and dated '92 l.r.
numbered 39/200 l.l.
21,3 inch by 25,2 inch (54*64 cm)
Framed behind glass 34,6 * 39,4 inch (78*88 cm)
Corneille was born in 1922 in Liège (Belgium) as Guillaume Corneille van Bervloo. Both parents are Dutch. He was largely self-taught, but did attend some art courses at the Amsterdam Rijksacademie from 1940 to 1942. Initially, he was strongly influenced by Picasso's work. In 1948 he broke away from this and joined the Cobra movement as a co-founder.
In 1950 he moved from Amsterdam to Paris with his wife and photographer Henny Riemens (1928-1993). The couple married in Amsterdam in 1955 and traveled several times to other parts of the world: North Africa, North America, the Antilles and South America. These journeys largely determine the nature of his work. From the 1960s he fell back on figurative art, depicting women, birds, flowers and often characters.
He himself claims that painting is not a hobby or work, but a vocation. In recent years Corneille had his studio in Paris. Visitors were hardly tolerated by the artist. Corneille lived withdrawn in the Maison du Cedres in Val-d'Oise. He died on September 5, 2010. Corneille was buried in the cemetery in Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent van Gogh was also buried. Lithography is seen as the best form of expression for Corneille. His works of art are always exuberant in color and often resemble passages from a story or a poem.