Tuesday, 5 June 2012

The artist who made me want to paint: Corneille

First of all: thank you so much for your lovely comments on my work, and for the tips and information that you so willingly share. I'm soaking it all up and getting "smarter" by the minute ;-) I'll do my best to share with you things that I know and/or think. So if you have a question: please ask!

Like I said last week, I want to share with you artists that inspire me.

And the one that comes to mind right away is Corneille. Aaaaahh! I lovelovelove his work.

He is the main reason why I wanted to paint. I first saw his work somewhere in 2004. I was visiting a nursing-school for my work, and they had those colourful pages of calendars hanging in their hallways. I was mesmerized by it. I wrote down his name and attacked the computer the minute I got home.

He was born in 1922 in Belgium, out of Dutch parents. He was kind of a rebel and co-founded the CoBrA-movement, an experimental artists-group which had a big impact on modern art.

Women, birds and cats feature prominently in his work. I love the fantasy aspect of his paintings. And those colors! Gorgeous! I get happy just looking at it!

Sadly he passed away in 2010. He lived in France for a big part of his life, and he kept painting till the very end. I once saw an interview with him on TV, and he was exactly as I had imagined him to be: a warm, kind, funny, enthusiastic and enormously creative man.

I must admit I was very sad when he died. I wanted to paint or draw something in his memory, but nothing came to mind. And then all of a sudden one night a few weeks after his death, I started drawing and it just flowed out of my pencil. I still have the drawing in my sketchbook and want to make it into a painting one day.

This is him! Hope you enjoy his work as much as I do!

I have a question again: If I want to feature an artist that I admire, someone with a blog or a website or something: what is the "blog-etiquette"? Can I just link to them and name them in my blog, or do I have to ask permission for posting something about them?

I would think that the more exposure they get, the better, but I might be wrong here. After I'd have posted about their work, I would send them an email with the link, but do you think I need to do it beforehand?

Well, that's it for today. I'm trying to find the time to do some more painting, but alas, the business-course is keeping me busy ;-)


  1. Thanks for introducing him. :) He has gorgeous bold expression to his art.

    I don't know what the blog etiquette is but if I would do a whole post dedicated to someone I guess I would ask for permission to use their photos or bio etc. If it's just a mention like this was my inspiration or a class/book/whatever review then no. I've never done it so I have no idea how it goes.:) I guess I'm of no help. :))

  2. I agree, beautiful work. I'll have to look at the website to see more of it.

    I agree with NatashaMay that if you use any photo's I would ask permission. If you write about them but include only links, you don't need their permission. I think most would be happy to give you permission if they believe the post will be positive.

    If they seem hesitant, I would offer to let them read the post before publishing it.

    By the way, 15+ years ago, I did just that and ended up with the job I have today after reviewing some hobby software.

    Good luck.

  3. Wow Denthe... thank you for the introduction... his colorful artwork is fabulous.... and yes... I agree with Natasha and Linda... so glad you are enjoying the business course...

    Jenny x

  4. What a fabulous painter. I love his use of colour blocks. His work looks quite narrative ,as if it has a story to tell. Thanks for introducing him and the coBRA movement aswell. It's always interesting to read up about these inovative groups.
    I am in the same boat as you when it comes to intellectual property. I think I would ask permission to write an article on them, maybe they would agree to be interviewed or just answer a questionaire on their work too(if they're still alive, that is!)


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