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 Cornell, Joseph
Cornell, Joseph (1903-72). American sculptor, one of the pioneers and most celebrated exponents of assemblage.

He had no formal training in art and his most characteristic works are his highly distinctive `boxes'. These are simple boxes, usually glass-fronted, in which he arranged surprising collections of photographs or Victorian bric-à-brac in a way that has been said to combine the formal austerity of Constructivism with the lively fantasy of Surrealism. Like Kurt Schwitters he could create poetry from the commonplace. Unlike Schwitters, however, he was fascinated not by refuse, garbage, and the discarded, but by fragments of once beautiful and precious objects, relying on the Surrealist technique of irrational juxtaposition and on the evocation of nostalgia for his appeal (he befriended several members of the Surrealist movement who settled in the USA during the Second World War). Cornell also painted and made Surrealist films.


716 x 953 156.6K
156.6K, 716 x 953

Untitled
Painted: 1942
Construction
13 1/8 x 10 x 3 1/2 in
Private collection
New York
Object (Abeilles)
Painted: 1940
Construction
9 1/8 x 14 1/8 x 3 7/16 in
Collection Mr. Frederick Wiseman
Beverly Hills

1022 x 661 192.2K
192.2K, 1022 x 661

649 x 987 166.3K
166.3K, 649 x 987

Untitled (Apollinaris)
Painted: 1954
Construction
15 15/16 x 9 3/4 x 4 3/8 in
Collection Mr. E. A. Bergman
Chicago
Untitled
(Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall)
Painted: 1945-46
Construction
20 1/2 x 16 x 3 1/2 in
Collection Mr. E. A. Bergman
Chicago

741 x 919 111.8K
111.8K, 741 x 919

601 x 1132 204.7K
204.7K, 601 x 1132

Untitled (Bebe Marie)
Painted: Early 1940's
Construction
23 3/8 x 12 5/16 x 5 1/4 in
The Museum of Modern Art
New York
Toward the Blue Peninsula
Painted: 1951-52
Construction
10 5/8 x 14 15/16 x 3 15/16 in
Collection Daniel Varenne
Geneva

687 x 973 117.5K
117.5K, 687 x 973

872 x 580 144.6K
144.6K, 872 x 580

Cassiopeia 1
Painted: 1960
Construction
9 7/8 x 14 7/8 x 3 3/4 in
Estate of Joseph Cornell
Verso of Cassiopeia 1

887 x 587 158.7K
158.7K, 887 x 587

781 x 856 119.3K
119.3K, 781 x 856

Untitled (Cockatoo and Corks)
Painted: Untitled (Cockatoo and Corks)
Construction
14 3/8 x 13 1/2 x 5 5/8 in
Private collection
Defense d'Afficher Object
Painted: 1939
Construction
8 15/16 x 13 15/16 x 2 1/8 in
Collection Denise and Andrew Saul

1002 x 660 139.2K
139.2K, 1002 x 660

749 x 890 149.0K
149.0K, 749 x 890

L'Egypte de Mlle Cleo de Merode
(cours élémentaire d'histoire naturelle)
Painted: 1940
Construction
4 11/16 x 10 11/16 x 7 1/4 inNew York
Untitled (Grand Owl Habitat)
Painted: 1946
Construction
24 x 13 1/8 x 4 13/16 in
Collection Mr. Richard L. Kaplin
Toledo

606 x 1084 118.9K
118.9K, 606 x 1084

682 x 970 143.2K
143.2K, 682 x 970

Habitat Group for a Shooting Gallery
Painted: 1943
Construction
15 1/2 x 11 1/8 x 4 1/4 in
Des Moines Art Center, Coffin Fine Arts
Untitled (Hotel du Cygne)
Painted: 1952-55
Construction
19 3/16 x 12 3/4 x 4 1/2 in
Castelli Feigen Corcoran

658 x 959 174.3K
174.3K, 658 x 959

829 x 816 138.3K
138.3K, 829 x 816

Untitled (The Hotel Eden)
Painted: 1945
Construction
15 1/8 x 15 3/4 x 4 3/4 in
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa
Untitled (Medici Boy)
Painted: 1942-52
Construction
13 15/16 x 11 3/16 x 3 7/8 in
Estate of Joseph Cornell

721 x 928 137.6K
137.6K, 721 x 928

705 x 928 134.2K
134.2K, 705 x 928

Untitled (Medici Prince)
Painted: 1952
Construction
15 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 5 in
Collection Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Shapiro
Oak Park
Untitled (Medici Princess)
Painted: 1948
Construction
17 5/8 x 11 1/8 x 4 3/8 in
Private collection

643 x 1025 150.0K
150.0K, 643 x 1025

499 x 688 100.5K
100.5K, 499 x 688

A Parrot for Juan Gris
Painted: winter 1953-54
Construction
17 3/4 x 12 3/16 x 4 5/8 in
Collection Paul Simon
Untitled (Paul and Virginia)
Painted: 1946-48
Construction
12 1/2 x 9 15/16 x 4 3/8 in
Collection Mr. E. A. Bergman
Chicago

979 x 686 146.5K
146.5K, 979 x 686

714 x 912 126.5K
126.5K, 714 x 912

Untitled (Pharmacy)
Painted: 1943
Construction
15 1/4 x 12 x 3 1/8 in
15 1/4 x 12 x 3 1/8 in
Paris
Untitled (Pink Palace)
Painted: 1946-48
Construction
10 x 16 7/16 x 3 3/4 in
Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco

1037 x 628 156.5K
156.5K, 1037 x 628

765 x 855 128.3K
128.3K, 765 x 855

Object (Roses des Vents)
Painted: 1942-53
Construction
2 5/8 x 21 1/4 x 10 3/8 in
The Museum of Modern Art
New York
Grand Hotel Semiramis
Painted: 1950
Construction
18 x 11 7/8 x 4 inNew York

488 x 695 83.0K
83.0K, 488 x 695

804 x 875 137.1K
137.1K, 804 x 875

Untitled
(Soap Bubble Set)
Painted: 1936
Construction
15 3/4 x 14 1/4 x 5 7/16 in
Wadsworth Atheneum
Hartford
Untitled (Solar Set)
Painted: 1956-58
Construction
11 1/2 x 16 1/4 x 3 5/8 in
Collection Donald Karshan
New York

970 x 683 115.8K
115.8K, 970 x 683

799 x 854 104.4K
104.4K, 799 x 854

Tilly Losch
Painted: 1935
Construction
10 x 9 1/4 x 2 1/8
Collection Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Bergman
Chicago