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Ingrid Severin

(Peter Cornelius)

(b Düsseldorf, Feb 10, 1935).

German painter, draughtsman and teacher. He studied painting under Bruno Goller in 1954–6 at the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, and in 1956–7 lived in Paris, where he became a friend of the French painter Christian d’Orgeix (b 1927). His work during this period was in the tradition of Magic Realism, but between 1955 and 1959 he created his own vocabulary, using such emblematic images as typewriters (e.g. Athletic Self-portrait, oil on canvas, 740×930 mm, 1958; Saarbrücken, Saarland-Mus.), shoe-trees, sewing machines and bicycle bells. In 1959–63 his objects became more abstract and simplified. In 1960 he became friendly with Richard Oelze and in the following year made contact with the circle of Surrealists around José Pierre and André Breton in Paris. Between 1963 and 1983 he heightened and monumentalized his images and became interested in drawing. He also began using an exaggerated, childlike perspective. In his still-lifes, painted with sober precision, he mixed experiences and images from the past, as in ...