Pierre Alechinsky  (Belgian, 1927) 

Pierre Alechinsky (Belgian, b.1927) is a founding member of the CoBrA art movement. Known early on in his career for his skills as a draughtsman, Alechinsky studied as an illustrator and typographer at the National School of Architecture and Decorative Arts in Paris from 1944 to 1946. While in Paris, Alechinsky met the poet and artist Christian Dotremont (Belgian, 1922–1979), and shortly after their meeting, the two formed the CoBrA artistic group together with fellow artists Karel Appel (Dutch, 1921–2006) and Asger Jorn (Danish, 1914–1973). The name “CoBrA” was derived from the members’ hometowns: Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam; the group was formed on the basic principle of the freedom of color and form in art.

After moving to Japan in 1955 to study calligraphy, Alechinsky’s art became increasingly influenced by Asian traditions and techniques, as he adopted a calligraphic style and used India ink frequently in his work. Many of his works also feature borders or friezes of varying thicknesses, which allowed him to limit excessive color and detail to the edges of his works, focusing instead on the quality of line in the center of his paintings. His imagery includes beasts and biomorphic forms, and he works in a flexible painting style that embraces flaws and accidents in the final composition. Often, he creates works on used paper, infusing his paintings with the quality of a found object; as an artist, Alechinsky is always receptive to chance meetings and unexpected associations. From 1983–1987, he worked as a professor in Paris, and in 1994, Alechinsky was awarded an honorary doctor’s degree from the University in Brussels. Alechinsky today lives and works in Paris, France.

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Pierre Alechinsky, Trois par Trois


Pierre Alechinsky
Trois par Trois

Galerie Fabien Boulakia
Pierre Alechinsky, Le bleu des fonds (set of 3 works)


Pierre Alechinsky
Le bleu des fonds (set of 3 works)

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Phillips New York
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Pierre Alechinsky, Prisma


Pierre Alechinsky

Viviane Bregman Fine Art
Pierre Alechinsky, Odre Mineral


Pierre Alechinsky
Odre Mineral

Pierre Alechinsky, Seoul


Pierre Alechinsky
Pierre Alechinsky, La Taille Douce


Pierre Alechinsky
La Taille Douce

Pierre Alechinsky, Chute Blanche


Pierre Alechinsky
Chute Blanche

Winwood Gallery
Pierre Alechinsky, Le Point du Jour


Pierre Alechinsky
Le Point du Jour

Pierre Alechinsky, Societe Des Eaux D'Arles


Pierre Alechinsky
Societe Des Eaux D'Arles

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Pierre Alechinsky, Court Circuit


Pierre Alechinsky
Court Circuit, 1988
etching and aquatint


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Pierre Alechinsky, Senza titolo


Pierre Alechinsky
Senza titolo, 1983
India ink on map of 18th arrondissment of Paris


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Pierre Alechinsky, Composition


Pierre Alechinsky
etching and pochoir


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1927   Born in Brussels, Belgium
1944 - 1948   Studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et des Arts Decoratifs, Brussels, Belgium
1949   Associated with the newly formed CoBrA Movement
1977   Recipient, Andrew W. Mellon Prize for Painting
1984   Recipient, French Grand Prix National for Painting
1984 - 1987   Professor at the French National School of Fine Arts, Paris, France
  Lives and works in France
2010   Alechinsky: les Ateliers du Midi, Musée Granet, Aix en Provence, France (solo)
2009   Pierre Alechinsky: Ronds, Peintures 2008-2009, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France (solo)
2008   60 Jahre COBRA, DIE GALERIE, Frankfurt, Germany
Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2007   Pierre Alechinsky: Terrils, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France (solo)
2006   Entre Cobra et l'abstraction, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris, France
2004   Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2002   Baukunst Galerie, Cologne, Germany
1998   Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (solo)
1987   Retrospective, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (solo)
1981   Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
1978   Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1977   Retrospective, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA (solo)
1965   L’Ecart Absolu, Tenth International Surrealist, Paris, France
Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
1960   XXX Venice Biennale, Venice , Italy
1958   Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (solo)
1955   Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
1954   Nina Dausset, Paris, France (solo)
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
  Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  Tate Gallery, London, UK
  Royal Museums of Fine Arts , Belgium, Brussels
  Musee Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland
  Haifa Museum, Haifa, Israel
1998    Bonnefoy, Françoise and Sarah Clément. Alechinsky. Paris: Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, 1998