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Lot 5: Colour lithograph "La Femme avec le Tigre", by Corneille, 1987
December 7, 2012
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Corneille (1922 - 2010) - Dutch artist of the CoBrA group
Prints by Corneille fetch up to 3,000 Euros at international auctions
Signed and dated lower right in pencil "Corneille '87"
Numbered lower left in pencil "107/200"
Overall dimensions, framed: 71 x 89.5 cm
Very good condition
The colour lithograph "La femme avec le tigre" was made by Corneille in 1987. The Dutch artist was frequently inspired by African art, which he also collected; his works are often imaginative, decorated with exotic animals and stylized forms, and composed in the bird's eye perspective that was unusual at the time. In this work, too, the reduced composition, brilliant colouring and exotic ornamentation is visible - the work is divided into five clearly defined elements and created in a unique palette.
The bird at the top left is flying into the scene between the pacing tiger and the frozen woman. The sexuality between the tiger and the woman is made clear in the composition - the tiger's tail directs the viewer's gaze directly to the stark naked woman's pubic mound.
The print is in very good condition, the frame shows traces of wear. The colour lithograph is signed and dated lower right in pencil, "Corneille '87", and numbered lower left in pencil, "107/200". The overall dimensions, framed, are 71 x 89.5 cm; the printing plate's size is 50.5 x 70.5 cm.
Corneille, born Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo (1922 - 2010)
The Dutch artist Corneille was co-founder of the CoBrA-group. He studied at the Imperial Academy in Amsterdam and founded the CoBrA group with other neo-expressionists. He travelled widely and moved finally in 1950 to Paris where he worked with strong colours and reduced compositions. His works were exhibited internationally, including the famed Kassel contemporary art fair Documenta.