Corneille Guillaume Beverloo

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BornCornelis Guillaume van Beverloo
(1922-07-03)3 July 1922
Liège, Belgium
Died5 September 2010(2010-09-05) (aged 88)
Auvers-sur-Oise, France

Corneille – Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo (3 July 1922 – 5 September 2010), better known under his pseudonym Corneille, was a Dutch artist.[1]

Corneille was born in Liege, Belgium, although his parents were Dutch and moved back to the Netherlands when he was 12.[2] He studied art at the Academy of Art in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. He was one of the founders of the REFLEX movement in 1948 and in 1949 he was also one of the founders of the COBRA movement, which has had great influence on Scandinavian art.[3] He was active within the group from the beginning, not only painting but also publishing poetry in the Cobra magazine.[4] He was a cofounder of the Experimentele Groep in Holland [nl].

The poetic Corneille was strongly influenced by Miró and Klee. After the group dissolved in 1951 he moved to Paris and began collecting African art. These 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.[5] His work is in the collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou.[6]

Until his death Corneille lived and worked in Paris, and made visits to Israel where he worked with the Jaffa Atalier. On 24 September 2003 an exhibition of his prints opened at the Ramat-Gan Museum of Art, Israel.[7] He died at Auvers-sur-Oise, France.


  1. ^ "Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo – History of painting".
  2. ^ Michael McNay (8 September 2010). "Corneille obituary: Dutch artist and founder member of the expressionist group Cobra". The Guardian. London.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Corneille – Biography".

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