Cobra painter Corneille dies aged 88
The Dutch painter Corneille, whose real name was Guillaume Cornelis Beverloo, has died aged 88. He is widely seen as one of the most important Dutch painters of the twentieth century. Autodidact He was born in 1922 to Dutch parents living in Belgium. When he was twelve, the family moved back to the Netherlands. Mostly self-taught, between 1940 and 1942 he also took courses at the Amsterdam Academy. He had his first exhibition in the Dutch city of Groningen. Initially influenced by Picasso, he distanced himself from the Spanish artist following World War II.
Paris Aged 26, Corneille and Dutch painter Karel Appel travelled to Paris. Along with the Belgian artists Christian Dotremont and Joseph Noiret and Danish artist Asger Jorn, in 1948 they founded there the avant-garde movement
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