Cornelius Van Der Bergh


Artist biography

Cornelius Van Der Bergh is an established contemporary visual artist, Cornelius Van Der Bergh was born in 1920. Artists Bessie Boris, Adalie Margules Brent, William B. Chenoweth, Benjamin Alano, and Babette Beckmann are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Cornelius Van Der Bergh

Cornelius Van Der Bergh was born in 1920 and was largely inspired by the 1950s growing up. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of international attention, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many leading creatives to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Important Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the basis of much of the United States’ explosive cultural growth in the subsequent decades. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary revisionism of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.