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Basic Data

Corneille is a painter who is associated with neo-expressionism. He was the son to a Belgium family and grew up in the Netherlands where he attended the Academy of Arts. Six years after his graduation he founded the group CoBrA with befriended artists like Karl Appel. The group became famous for their expressive painting.

  • Civil name: Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo
  • Born: 3 July 1922
  • Place of birth: Liège, Belgium
  • Died on: 5 September 2010
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Studied at: Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
  • Era: contemporary art
  • artistic movement: CoBrA
  • Stylistic direction: Neo-expressionism

Corneille repeatedly went on long trips to Asia, Africa and America. These travels have strongly influenced his work. He chose Paris as his home, where he lived for sixty years. It was in Paris that he started to explore mediums such a ceramics and etching. The diversity of his work can be witnessed at Museums in Amsterdam and at the CoBrA Museum. Today, Corneille counts among the most famous artists from the Benelux-states.

Corneille Prices

Artist: Title: Price: Type: Size: Edition: Handsigned: Numbered: Date:
Corneille Liegender Akt 3900 Euro Original print 46.85 x 62.99 in limited edition of 80 yes yes 17.07.2019
Corneille Complicité 1890 Euro Original print 21.26 x 26.77 in limited edition of 70 yes yes 17.07.2019
Corneille Aurore sur la montagne 2000 Euro Original print 39.37 x 27.56 in limited edition of 99 yes yes 17.07.2019
Corneille Demi-Lune dans ciel Catalan 2000 Euro Original print 35.43 x 27.56 in limited edition of 99 yes yes 17.07.2019
Corneille Roter Vogel 2000 Euro Original print 45.67 x 29.92 in limited edition of 200 yes yes 17.07.2019
Corneille Grosser Vogel 1680 Euro Original print 31.10 x 46.46 in limited edition of 80 yes yes 17.07.2019
Corneille Esmeralda 1400 Euro Original print 25.59 x 18.50 in limited edition of 70 yes yes 17.07.2019
Corneille Maison jaune 990 Euro Original print 18.50 x 23.23 in limited edition of 70 yes yes 17.07.2019
Corneille L’Ete des Oiseaux 1680 Euro Original print 11.81 x 15.75 in limited edition of 200 yes yes 17.07.2019
Corneille Däumelinchen 690 Euro Original print 22.05 x 29.92 in limited edition of 250 yes yes 17.07.2019



Corneille, whose real name is Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo, was born on July 3, 1922 to Dutch parents in Liège, where he spent his childhood with his three older sisters. He studied from 1940 to 1943 at the Reichsakademie der Bildenden Künste where he attended a drawing and etching course. At the age of only 26, he had his first solo exhibition in Groningen. His artistic style at this time was still strongly oriented towards reality. In addition to landscape paintings, still lifes, he also painted figurative representations.

After founding the experimental artist group "Reflex" with Karel Appel and Constant Niewenhuys, he joined the international artist group CoBrA as a co-founder in 1948, which was to revolutionize art and literature. With their aggressive, satirical and primitive visual language, the members were particularly opposed to postwar abstract painting. Although the group only existed for three years, this phase had a formative influence on Corneille's work. Motifs such as women, birds, or flowers are often found in his colorful works, which sought to escape traditional painting.

In 1950, the artist moved to Paris, where he lived and worked until his death. There he began to work with ceramic works and printing techniques, such as etching. His style was influenced by modern artists, such as Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso.

Even after the dissolution of CoBrA, the artist initially remains true to his abstract, color-expressive style. Gradually he finds his way back to his artistic beginnings. His artworks and editions become calmer and show a much clearer style. Inspired by his travels to Africa, he increasingly uses a color palette of earth and gray tones. His numerous trips to Cuba, Asia or the American continent also had a demonstrable influence on his oeuvre.

Guillaume participated twice in the documenta in Kassel. His artworks and editions can be found today in the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen or the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among others. The Dutch painter died at the age of 88 in 2010 after a long illness in his adopted country France.



  • 30.07.20 - 29.08.20 Menti Curiose - Enzo Cucchi and George Warren – Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin.
  • 25.07.20 - 30.08.20 La forma della terra - Fondazione Malvina Menegaz per le Arti e le Culture, Castelbasso.
  • 06.11.2019 - 11.01.2020 ACCROCHAGE - Galerie Boisserée, Cologne.
  • 27.09.2018 - 10.02.2019 THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME - Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
  • 16.09.2017 - 04.02.2018 Auf unbekanntem Terrain. Landschaft in der Kunst nach 1945 - Museum für Aktuelle Kunst - Sammlung Hurrle, Durbach.
  • 19.02.2016 - 30.06.2016 RENDEZVOUS. Meisterwerke aus der Sammlung Essl - ESSL MUSEUM Klosterneuburg.
  • 22.03.2013 - 09.06.2013 Von Beckmann bis Warhol. Die Sammlung Bayer - Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin.
  • 23.06.2012 - 06.01.2013 CoBrA international. Momente einer Utopie - Museum für Aktuelle Kunst - Sammlung Hurrle, Durbach.
  • 11.11.09 - 16.01.2010 Corneille - dem Künstler, dem Freund, dem Lebenswerk - Die Galerie, Frankfurt/Main.
  • 07.03.2005 - 10.10.2005 Cobra Collectie - Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen.
  • 16.05.2003 - 28.09.2003 Cobra in the Hermitage - The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.
  • 29.03.2003 - 26.09.2003 CoBrA - de kleur van vrijheid - Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.



  • Commander of the Order of the Dutch Lion.



  • Corneille - Von COBRA bis heute, exhibition catalog, Bettina Tenge-Lyazami (Publ.), Framkfurt/Main, 2000.
  • Corneille und Afrika, exhibition catalog, R.A.R. Kerkhoven, H.G. Golinski, Sepp Hiekisch-Picard, Frankfurt/Main 1998.
  • Corneille een vroege vogel, Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam 1997.


Own Writings

  • Corneille: Erinnerungen 1941 - 1951, Corneille, Frankfurt/Main 2001.
  • Abessinische Reise: Tagebuchnotizen eines Malers, Corneille, Stierstadt, 1968.