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This original colored lithograph: 'Cadaques II' is by a Dutch COBRA artist Guillame Cornelis Beverloo (1922-2010) better known as Corneille. The composition depicts a variety of intertwined child like drawn images forming a mosaic of human faces, animal figures and fossil like imprints. The artist's interest in primitive African art is apparent in the work. The work is typical of the COBRA movement artistic style. The blue and light brown colors, in the lithograph, capture the sea and the roof tops hues, respectively, so characteristic of the Spanish artist colony of Cadaques. During the summers of 1962-66 Corneille worked in Cadaques. Dali, Picasso, Miro and many other artists, of renown, visited and worked in Cadaques. In 1963 Corneille produced an India ink and gouache work titled 'Cadaquès - Espagne'". In 1964 he produced two sets of colored lithographs: one in red (Cadaques I) and one in Blue (Cadaques II), both were based on an ink and gouache work. Each set contains 70 pencil numbered and artist signed lithographs and several Artist Proof pieces.
Title: Cadaques II.
Medium: Colored Lithograph on cream color paper
Signature: Signed, titled, dated and numbered 65/70 in pencil in bottom margin
Paper size: 16"x 27" Image size: 8" x 22"
Condition: Very good. No fading. Sharp image.
Value: This lithograph sells for $1200.00 to $1800.00. See links. http://www.art.com/products/p27206688819-sa-i8162901/guillaume-corneille-cadaques-ii.htm http://www.mchampetier.com/Lithograph-Guillaume-Corneille-11679-work.html
Asking Price: $400.00
About the Artist: Guillaume Cornelis Beverloo was born on July 3rd 1922 in Liege, Belgium . His parents were Dutch and moved back to the Netherlands when he was 12. He is better known under his pseudonym Corneille (crow in French). Corneille was a painter, printmaker, ceramists, poet and writer. Corneille initially trained in drawing and engraving at the Amsterdam Rijksakademie (1940 to 1943), but is considered a self taught painter. His earlier work had been naturalistic. In 1945 he was inspired by the joie de vivre of French painters, and in particular by the work of younger artists such as Edouard Pignon (1905-1993), which led him to adopt a lyrically Cubist style. In 1947Corneille visited Hungary returning to the Netherlands in 1948. In 1948 Corneille was one of the founders of the Nederlandse Experimentele Groep (NEG), which published the periodical 'Reflex' ; and one of the founders of the COBRA movement, which has had great influence on Scandinavian art. As a co-founder of COBRA (the experimental artists group), he became a leading abstract expressionist painter and printmaker along with such notables as Karel Appel(1921-2006), Pierre Alechinksy (b.1927), Asger Jorn(1914-1973) and Jean Dubbuffet (1901-1985). In addition to painting he also published poetry in the COBRA magazine. On his return from travels in North Africa Corneille participated in the 1949 NEG and CoBrA exhibitions at the Galerie Colette Allendy in Paris and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 1950 Corneille settled permanently in Paris and began exhibiting at the Salon de Mai. He studied etching with Stanley William Hayter in 1953 in Paris, and ceramics with Tullio Mazzotti in Albisola, Italy, during the summers of 1954 and 1955. The poetic Corneille was influenced by Miró, Picasso and Paul Klee but claimed the most profound connection to van Gogh because of their shared passion for color, form and nature. After the COBRA 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 stylized forms. In the mid 1950s he traveled and exhibited throughout Western Europe. He first came to the United States in 1958 having two years earlier won First Honorable Mention at the Carnegie Institute. Here he was heralded for his spirited and imaginative works. Unlike others, Corneille packed form and content in an otherwise restricted genre. From the late 70's, his colorful tropical landscapes and gardens inhabited animals and women in a figurative manner.
His work is in the collection of the: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; collections of several American museums, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Chazen Museum of Art-University of Wisconsin; The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada; museums in South America, Africa, Australia and the Dordrechts Museum, Netherlands. From 2000 till his death Corneille lived and worked in Paris. He made several visits to Israel where he worked in the Jaffa Atelier. He died at Auvers-sur-Oise, France on September 5, 2010. On his request he was buried at the same cemetery as Van Gogh. Corneille is best known for radicalizing the conservative Dutch art world in the early 1950's, making modern art not only acceptable, but embraceable as well. He placed familiar subjects: birds, cats, women and landscapes in mythological and often childlike contexts, imbuing them with spontaneity and bright, sensual reds. "I am a painter of joy", Corneille remarked at a 2007 exhibition of his work at the Cobra Museum, in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam. Corneille (crow in French) adopted this name by design. He likened himself to a bird which flies as it wishes and symbolizes free spirit and dynamism. The bird is a reoccurring feature in his work. Corneille was a gifted printmaker and his print work was very extensive. A bilingual (French and Italian) catalog raisonné of prints by Corneille titled: 'L'opera di grafica Corneille' was published by Editrice La Nuova Foglio in 1975. Prepared by Elverio Maurizi, this reference book lists over 300 works on paper and original prints, including all lithographs, linocuts, etchings, engravings and serigraphs produced from 1948 to 1974.
Major exhibitions: • 1946 Het Beerenhuis, Groningen, Netherlands • 1947 Europai Iskola, Budapest, Hungary • 1947 Exhibited with Karel Appel in Amsterdam • 1948 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam • 1951 't Venster Gallery, Rotterdam • 1953 Kunstkabinett Horemans, Antwerp • 1956 Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, The Netherlands • 1957 Museum of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles • 1959 Space Gallery, Haarlem, Netherlands • 1961 Gemeente Museum, The Hague, Netherlands • 1961 Brook Street Gallery, London • 1961 Galleri KB, Oslo • 1961 Retrospective exhibition, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam • 1963 del Naviglio Gallery, Milan • 1963 White Galleri, Stockholm • 1964 Gallery of Antonio Souza, Mexico • 1964 Lefebre Gallery, New York • 1965 Cultural Centre, Hilversum, Netherlands • 1966 Retrospective at the Kunstverein, Düsseldorf • 1967 Gallery Kaleidoscope, Ghent, Belgium • 1967 Retrospective at the Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Germany • 1968 Space Gallery, Amsterdam • 1969 Gallery Stangl, Munich • 1969 Ivan Spence Gallery, Ibiza, Spain • 1971 Walderdorf Palace, Trier, Germany • 1971 Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria • 1972 Galleria 70, Potenza, Italy • 1972 Schillerhof, Graz, Austria • 1974 Galleria La Medusa, Rome • 1974 Palazzo Buonacorsi, Macerata, Italy • 1975 Little Gallery, Rio de Janeiro • 1975 Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil • 1975 Space Gallery, Amsterdam • 1976 Documenta Gallery, Copenhagen • 1976 Centro d'Arte, Saronno, Italy • 1976 Gallery Rijs, Trondheim, Norway • 1977 Space Gallery, Amsterdam • 1977 Documenta Gallery, Copenhagen • 1977 Bernard House, Caracas, Venezuela • 1978 Galleria Bonaparte, Milan • 1979 Galerie Fabien Boulakia, Paris • 1979 Galerie l'Oeil de Boeuf, Paris • 1979 New Gallery, Jabbeke, Belgium • 1980 Delta Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands • 1980 Galerie Michel Cassé, Paris • 1980 Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam • 1981 Inter Art Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden • 1981 Galerie Fabien Boulakia, Paris • 1981 Kuil Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands • 1981 Jas Gallery, Utrecht, Netherlands • 1983 Galerie Academia, Salzburg, Austria • 1983 Galleri Huset, Copenhagen • 1983 Galleri Flindt, Aarhus, Netherlands • 1983 Gallery GKM, Stockholm Artfair • 1984 Fine Art Gallery, Tokyo • 1984 Galerie Moderne, Silkeborg, Denmark • 1984 Banchov Gallery, Tokyo • 1984 Gallery GKM, Stockholm Artfair • 1984 Gallery GKM, Malmo, Sweden • 1985 Ostermalm Gallery, Stockholm • 1985 Galerie Huset, Copenhagen • 1985 Krikhaar Gallery, Amsterdam • 1986 Galerie Academia, Salzburg, Austria • 1986 Galerie Pelin, Helsinki • 1986 Jas Gallery, Utrecht, Netherlands • 1986 Gallery GKM, Malmo, Sweden • 1987 Galleria San Carlo, Milan • 2003 Ramat-Gan Museum of Art, Israel • 2007 Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, Netherland
About COBRA: COBRA (or CoBrA) was a European avant-garde art movement. Paul Klee, in particular, was greatly influenced by the work and the particular qualities of children's art, as his finger paintings and puppets, as well as his writings, attest. Following Klee's lead, and in the wake of the Second World War, a loose collective of artists known as the COBRA group was formed in a Paris cafe in 1948 to develop a totally new poetic painting style. The name was coined by Christian Dotremont from the initials of the founding members' home cities: Copenhagen (Co), Brussels (Br), Amsterdam (A). Copenhagen is the head, Brussels is the body, and Amsterdam is the tail of the Cobra. CoBrA art combined: the energy, spontaneity and painterly qualities of Abstract Expressionism and Art Informel, the subject matter and imagery of Art Brut, children's drawings, Nordic mythology and African figuration, and Surrealism's subconscious approach to making art. It produced an aesthetic that became a mainstay in Western European art. CoBrA is related to but developed independently from Abstract Expressionism in the United States. The Group was disbanded in 1951. The movement's founders were: Corneille, Karel Appel (1921-2006), Eugène Brands (1913-1002), Constant Nieuwenhuys (1910-2005), Anton Rooskens (1906-1976), Christian Dotremont (1922-1979) and Joseph Noiret (1927-2012).
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