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Pierre Alechinsky was born in Brussels in 1927. From 1944 to 1948, he studied typography, photography, and printing and illustration techniques at the Ecole nationale d'architechure et des arts décoratifs de la Cambre in Brussels. In 1945, he discovered the work of Michaux, of Dubuffet, and of the Surrealists, and becomes friends with the critic and art dealer Jacques Putman. His first personal exposition took place in 1947. Then in 1949 he met Dotremont and became a member of the Cobra movement in the same year, joining artists Asger Jorn and Karel Appel; he became one of the most productive members. The movement held an importance for him as much on a personal level as an ideological one: uninhibited spontaneity in art, the rejection of pure abstraction, and a refusal to specialize.

After the dissolution of the Cobra group, whose spirit he would continue to foster (“Cobra is my school", he would say), Pierre Alechinsky moved to Paris. He finished his training as an engraver and introduced new techniques to Atelier 17, directed by Stanley William Hayter. It is during this same time beginning in 1952 that he became friends with Alberto Giacometti, Bram Van Velde, Wallace Ting, and that he began correspondence with the Japanese calligrapher Shiryu Morita de Kyoto. He progressively abandons oil painting for quicker and lore supple materials, such as ink, that allowed him freer reign over his fluid and sensitive style. Fascinated by oriental calligraphy, whose spontaneity attracted him, he undertook several trips to the Orient and in Kyoto made a documentary film on traditional Japanese art.

Beginning in the 1960s, Alechinsky began making frequent visits to New York, where he discovered a technique that suited him well – acrylic painting, introduced to him by Wallace Ting. The same year, he created his most famous work, “Central Park", with which he inaugurates painting “with notes in the margins" inspired by comic books, where the central image is surrounded by a series of hand-drawn vignettes designed to complete the sense of the painting.

Passionate about books, he illustrated poems and texts for writers including Cioran, Butor, Yves Bonnefoy, André Frénaud, Tardieu, etc, and published several works. In 1983 Alechinsky became a professor of painting at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. Since the 1980s, the artist has pursued his graphic research across a wide variety of media. It is in this same period that he gained access to the public order (Palais Bourbon, Hall du Ministère des Finances, etc). Expositions and retrospectives recognize him internationally, museums as well as galleries welcoming his work across the world entire. He lives and works in Bougival.

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Pierre Alechinsky, Ante diluvien, Painting

Pierre Alechinsky

Ante diluvien, 1977 20.5 x 26 x 0.8 inch Painting

£38,901

Our recommendations Pierre Alechinsky, Bouche d’eau III, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Bouche d’eau III, 1986 21.9 x 29.7 inch Print

£1,037

Our recommendations Pierre Alechinsky, Spirale I, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Spirale I, 1970 26 x 19.7 x 0 inch Print

£692

Pierre Alechinsky, Vigie, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Vigie, 2013 13.4 x 10.6 inch Print

£475

Our recommendations Pierre Alechinsky, Ziggourat II, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Ziggourat II, 1985 28.3 x 19.7 inch Print

£1,297

Pierre Alechinsky, Mots IV, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Mots IV, 2007 14.6 x 11 inch Print

£346

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans l'écorce E, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans l'écorce E, 1990 30.7 x 44.1 x 0.4 inch Print

£1,815

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans l'écorce B, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans l'écorce B, 1990 30.7 x 44.1 x 0.4 inch Print

£1,815

Pierre Alechinsky, Papier roulé, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Papier roulé, 1986 31.1 x 20.3 inch Print

£605

Pierre Alechinsky, Tardieu, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Tardieu, 1990 25.6 x 19.7 inch Print

£951

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans-titre, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans-titre, 1991 7.7 x 8.3 inch Print

£432

Pierre Alechinsky, Objet Volant I, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Objet Volant I, 1977 23.6 x 21.3 inch Print

£1,642

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans titre, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans titre, 2001 19.7 x 26 inch Print

£1,383

Pierre Alechinsky, Cobra, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Cobra, 2000 13.4 x 10.6 inch Print

£346

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans l'écorce F, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans l'écorce F, 1990 30.7 x 44.1 inch Print

£1,815

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans l'écorce C, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans l'écorce C, 1990 30.7 x 44.1 x 0.4 inch Print

£1,815

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans l'écorce A, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans l'écorce A, 1990 30.7 x 44.1 x 0.4 inch Print

£1,815

Pierre Alechinsky, Mots V, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Mots V, 2007 14.6 x 11 inch Print

£346

Pierre Alechinsky, Vibrions N&B, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Vibrions N&B, 1990 22.8 x 26.2 inch Print

£1,037

Pierre Alechinsky, Marée Haute, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Marée Haute, 1977 29.9 x 21.7 inch Print

£2,507

Pierre Alechinsky, Zyggourat I, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Zyggourat I, 1986 29.9 x 22 inch Print

£1,167

Pierre Alechinsky, Sans titre, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Sans titre, 1978 12.6 x 9.3 inch Print

£1,297

Pierre Alechinsky, Hors Normes, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Hors Normes, 2005 19.7 x 15 inch Print

£1,297

Pierre Alechinsky, Vibrions, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Vibrions, 1990 23.2 x 29.9 inch Print

£1,037

Pierre Alechinsky, Deux, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Deux, 1988 25.4 x 18.5 inch Print

£1,124

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Pierre Alechinsky was born in Brussels in 1927. From 1944 to 1948, he studied typography, photography, and printing and illustration techniques at the Ecole nationale d'architechure et des arts décoratifs de la Cambre in Brussels. In 1945, he discovered the work of Michaux, of Dubuffet, and of the Surrealists, and becomes friends with the critic and art dealer Jacques Putman. His first personal exposition took place in 1947. Then in 1949 he met Dotremont and became a member of the Cobra movement in the same year, joining artists Asger Jorn and Karel Appel; he became one of the most productive members. The movement held an importance for him as much on a personal level as an ideological one: uninhibited spontaneity in art, the rejection of pure abstraction, and a refusal to specialize.

After the dissolution of the Cobra group, whose spirit he would continue to foster (“Cobra is my school", he would say), Pierre Alechinsky moved to Paris. He finished his training as an engraver and introduced new techniques to Atelier 17, directed by Stanley William Hayter. It is during this same time beginning in 1952 that he became friends with Alberto Giacometti, Bram Van Velde, Wallace Ting, and that he began correspondence with the Japanese calligrapher Shiryu Morita de Kyoto. He progressively abandons oil painting for quicker and lore supple materials, such as ink, that allowed him freer reign over his fluid and sensitive style. Fascinated by oriental calligraphy, whose spontaneity attracted him, he undertook several trips to the Orient and in Kyoto made a documentary film on traditional Japanese art.

Beginning in the 1960s, Alechinsky began making frequent visits to New York, where he discovered a technique that suited him well – acrylic painting, introduced to him by Wallace Ting. The same year, he created his most famous work, “Central Park", with which he inaugurates painting “with notes in the margins" inspired by comic books, where the central image is surrounded by a series of hand-drawn vignettes designed to complete the sense of the painting.

Passionate about books, he illustrated poems and texts for writers including Cioran, Butor, Yves Bonnefoy, André Frénaud, Tardieu, etc, and published several works. In 1983 Alechinsky became a professor of painting at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. Since the 1980s, the artist has pursued his graphic research across a wide variety of media. It is in this same period that he gained access to the public order (Palais Bourbon, Hall du Ministère des Finances, etc). Expositions and retrospectives recognize him internationally, museums as well as galleries welcoming his work across the world entire. He lives and works in Bougival.

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What is Pierre Alechinsky’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Experimental Painters, Famous Illustrators, Classically-Inspired Illustrative Artists

When was Pierre Alechinsky born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1927