Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Pierre Alechinsky - part 1

This part 1 of a 4-part post on the works of Belgian artist Pierre Alechinsky (born 1927). His work is related to Tachisme, Abstract Expressionism, and Lyrical Abstraction. Alechinsky has lived and worked in France since 1951.

Pierre Alechinsky was born in 1927 in Brussels. From an early age he was interested in graphic arts and in 1944 he entered the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et des Arts Décoratifs in Brussels, where he studied book illustration and typography. He also painted in a post-Cubist style and later in a manner reminiscent of Ensor. His paintings of monstrous women were shown in his first one-man exhibition at the Galerie Lou Cosyn in Brussels in 1947. That same year he became a member of the group Jeune Peinture Belge.

In 1948 expressionist artists including Appel, Jorn, Constant, Carl-Henning Pedersen and Corneille formed the CoBrA group. Alechinsky joined CoBrA in 1949 and participated in the first Internationale tentoonstelling experimentele kunst-CoBrA that year at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. He became a central figure in the group and organised its second international exhibition in Liège, Belgium, in 1951. Shortly thereafter CoBrA disbanded.

Alechinsky moved to Paris in 1951 to study printmaking under a grant from the French government. He studied engraving with Hayter at the Atelier 17 in 1952. At about the same time he became fascinated by the Japanese calligraphy and in 1955 he went to Tokyo and Kyoto. There he visited masters of the art and produced the award winning film Calligraphie japonaise. In the 1960s Alechinsky travelled extensively in Europe, the United States and Mexico and participated in numerous international exhibitions. An Alechinsky retrospective organized by The Arts Club of Chicago toured the United States in 1965. In 1976 he became the first recipient of the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Prize for artists. The prize was accompanied by a major retrospective of his work in all media at the Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, in 1977. The artist continues to paint and to make prints and book illustrations at his home in Bourgival, France.

Parts 1-3 will show a broad spectrum of Alechinsky’s work in chronological order. Part 4 looks at some print editions.


1950-53 Le Feu 
oil on canvas 97 x 130 cm 
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1951 L´Hiver 
oil on canvas 100 x 150 cm 
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1955 Central Park 
ink on paper 44 x 65 cm 
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1955 Montagne regardant 
oil on canvas 97 x 146 cm 
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1958 Tu te calmes? 
ink on paper 151 x 215 cm 
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1960 Négatif 
ink on paper mounted on canvas 154 x 158 cm 
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1960 Positif 
ink on paper 150 x 154 cm 
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1960 Prenez La Porte 
oil on canvas 50 x 65.3 cm 
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1960 Soutien de famille 
oil on canvas 200 x 200 cm 
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1961 Alice grandit 
oil on canvas 205 x 245 cm 
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1961 La Parole aux enfants 
oil on canvas 97 x 130 cm 
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1962 De nouvelles dispositions 
oil on canvas 
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1963 Autrement dit
watercolour on paper 
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1963 Referendum 
ink on paper 50 x 60 in 
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1964 Avec Lewis Carroll 
oil on canvas 198 x 198 cm 
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1964 Les Intempéries du langage 
oil on canvas 200 x 200 cm 
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1965 Central Park 
acrylic on paper 162 x 193 cm 
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1965 Central Park 
ink on paper 23 x 30.5 cm 
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1965 Central Park 
ink on paper 49 x 61 cm 
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1966 La Cantatrice 
acrylic on canvas 100 x 154 cm 
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1966-67 La Jeune Fille et la Mort 
acrylic on paper 137 x 137 cm 
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1966-68 A vue d´oeil d´oiseau 
oil on canvas 200 x 274 cm 
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1967 Gong 
acrylic on paper 118 x 151 cm 
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1968 Parmi les derniéres 
oil on canvas 162 x 130 cm 
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1968 Tribord 
lithograph 49 x 66 cm 
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c1968 Untitled 
ink and watercolour on paper 26.1 x 39.4 cm 
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1969 Astre Désastre 
acrylic on paper 155 x 155 cm 
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