(Guillaume van Beverloo) attended the School of Fine Arts, Amsterdam, and later studied printmaking with the noted S.W. Hayter in Paris in 1953.

Corneille was the founding member of CoBrA, participating in all aspects of the movement. Artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam came together to form CoBrA in Amsterdam in the late 1940’s.

Throughout the 1950’s, he traveled and exhibited in Europe, Tunisia, South America and the Antilles. He first came to New York in 1958 having two years earlier won First Honorable Mention Award at the Carnegie Institute.

In the United States, he is acclaimed for his spirited and imaginative works. Corneille has the ability to pack his paintings with form and content while not sacrificing any of the virtues of abstractionism. He has been linked to Klee’s idea of finding a single formula to comprise man, beast, plants, earth, fire, water and air. His works include certain recurring symbolic forms, which have resulted from his exotic foreign travel.

Among the many awards and prizes he has won is the Guggenheim Award for Painting in 1959. His works are in the collections of museums on each of the world’s five continents. Since his first solo show in 1946, he has enjoyed more than 190 one-man shows and four museum retrospectives, most notably at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1966.


He is co-founder of the Dutch Experimental Group which published the magazine, “Reflex”, and is co-founder of COBRA with Karl Appel.

Education: 1940-43 Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam; 1948-50 studies in Danmark,Sweden, North Africa;1953 Studies etching with S.W. Hayter in Paris:1954-55 studies ceramics with Mazzotti, in Albisola Mare; 1958 first visit to the U.S.A.

Exhibitions: Numerous one man shows and group exhibitions world wide, including a retrospective at Stadelijk Museum, Amsterdam.



Additional Information:

Born: 1922
Birthplace: Leige, Belgium , (of Dutch parents)


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