- IN THE SPOTLIGHT -

Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas: from fascinated girl to fascinating woman

Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas was born in the spring of 1941 in The Netherlands in an area called ‘Land van Maas en Waal’. Already at the age of eight she developed an interest for art and started collecting old calendars with pictures of works by famous artists to educate herself in styles and eras. It didn’t take long before she was able to see the difference between Manet and Monet.
Driven by her passion for art, Elisabeth started collecting before the age of 18. She turned a hobby into a business when she moved to Amsterdam to open an art gallery that was first specialised in Bergen School and contemporaries. One day someone was looking at the displayed works through the window. Elisabeth walked outside, only to recognize the man and humbly ask: “Corneille?”. This was the beginning of a long-lasting business relation and close friendship. She became fascinated by the then rather unknown early works of Corneille and the later works of CoBrA in general.

She often travelled to Paris, where Corneille had several studios. Together they made many trips to visit exhibitions. However, she was always walking several metres behind him and very little was said. The lack of conversation was quite remarkable, considering that Corneille was a talented writer, who wrote many letters, often with deep poetic content.
The many works Elisabeth has bought over decades result in an impressive collection. Over all, her love goes out to the early works by Corneille, made between 1943 and 1948. This is a special and rather unknown period in Corneille’s oeuvre and quite different from his later work, which he is famous for.
Apart from CoBrA, many new domestic and foreign painters and sculptors were introduced in her gallery, with Jan Montijn and Nic Jonk being among the first. Her choice would be based on the criteria that “A work of art must intrigue, radiate power and display emotion”.

In 2004 Elisabeth was knighted in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Her Majesty the Queen “For her relentless efforts to promote art and artists. She often took great financial risks to launch young artists, organise important exhibitions and have these accompanied by magnificent publications”. Her expertise and knowledge of the CoBrA movement and co-organising exhibitions strongly contributed to the success of the CoBrA museum in Amstelveen.
The successful career of Elisabeth has always remained both exciting and colourful. Moreover, she could always rely on the relentless support of her daughter Mariet in the gallery at the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat. Her motto “honesty is the best policy” is undoubtably one of the roots of her success.

When asked what art means to her, without hesitation she answers in short: “Art to me is everything…”

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Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Untitled Signed and dated '88 lower right Ink on paper, 32.4 x 25.2 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Nude Signed and dated '89 upper left Ink on sheet music, 32.2 x 22.4 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen, De twee grote liefdes van Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas: Corneille & Mar, 13 December 2015 - ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Untitled Signed and dated '86 lower right Black chalk on paper, 28 x 37.6 cm (image size) / 42.2 x 50.4 cm (sheet size) Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Exhibited: Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen, De twee grote liefdes van Elisabeth den Bieman ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Zandvoort Signed lower right Dated 47 and annotated Zandvoort lower left Ink on paper, 32.6 x 43.1 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Exhibited: - Maison des Arts, Tunis, Corneille, Un Oiseau Précoce, 10 - 30 October 1998 - Galerie Le Salon Rouge, Le Rendez-Vous ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Three Female Figures Signed lower left Dated 1947 and annotated Budapest lower right Watercolour and black chalk on paper, 12.4 x 16.4 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Exhibited: - Maison des Arts, Tunis, Corneille, Un Oiseau Précoce, 10 - 30 October 1998 - Cobra Museum, ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) a) Project voor Beelden I Signed and dated '47 lower left Indian ink on paper, 20.7 x 14.7 cm b) Project voor Beelden II Signed and dated '47 lower left Indian ink on paper, 20.4 x 13.6 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Literature: - E. den ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Cirque Signed and dated 47 lower left Gouache and ink on paper, 32.4 x 27.2 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Literature: L. Duppen & Corneille, Rue Santeuil 20, Trefpunt van Nederlandse kunstenaars in Parijs, Studio Koster, Amsterdam, 2003, p. 93 (ill.)


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Champ magnétique terrestre (Earth's magnetic field) Signed and dated 47 lower right Titled lower left Gouache, crayon and ink on newspaper, 30.9 x 18.2 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Literature: - C. Küssel, Corneille, het Hongaarse Avontuur, 1947, Galerie Elisabeth den Bieman de ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Le Chemin d’un Philosophe Signed and dated 47 upper left Gouache and ink on newspaper, 34.2 x 22.1 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam Literature: - E. den Bieman de Haas & M. den Bieman, Corneille, Un Oiseau Précoce, Galerie Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, 1997, p. ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Portrait de Jeune Fille Signed and dated '47 upper left Signed, titled, dated 47 and anntotated Amsterdam on the reverse Gouache on paper, 22.9 x 17.5 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Exhibited: - Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, Corneille, het Hongaarse avontuur, 11 January - 17 ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Vrouw en Vogel (Woman and Bird) Signed and dated 47 upper left Gouache and Indian ink on paper, 31.1 x 22.9 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Literature: - E. den Bieman de Haas & M. den Bieman, Corneille, Un Oiseau Précoce, Galerie Elisabeth ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Torso Signed and dated 47 lower right Gouache and Indian ink on paper, 26.1 x 20 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Literature: C. Küssel, Corneille, Het Hongaarse Avontuur, 1947, Galerie Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, 2002 Exhibited: Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, Corneille, Het Hongaarse ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Hanengekraai (Cockcrow) Signed and dated 47 lower right Gouache and Indian ink on paper, 23.5 x 16.3 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Literature: - C. Küssel, Corneille, het Hongaarse Avontuur, 1947, Galerie Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, 2002, p. 60 (ill.) - Exhibition ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Landschap in Zuid Limburg (Landscape in the south of Limburg, The Netherlands) Signed and dated '46 lower right Gouache on paper, 45.3 x 55.6 cm (laid down on cardboard) Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Literature: - E. den Bieman de Haas & M. den ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Les Deux Amies (2000) With signature, title, date 2000 and numbered EA I/IV (beside the edition of 8) Bronze, 25.6 x 44 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Dario Della Torre II Signed and dated 2003 lower right Signed, titled and dated 2003 on the reverse Dated 2 Sept 2003 and annotated Piediripa and Italia on the stretcher Acrylic on canvas, 49.9 x 69.9 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Exhibited: Museum Jan van ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) La Regna du Chat Signed and dated 2003 lower left Signed, titled and dated 2003 on the reverse Annotated Piediripa Italia on the stretcher Acrylic on canvas, 49.8 x 70 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Les Trois Lunes Signed and dated 2003 upper right Signed, titled and dated 2003 on the reverse Acrylic on canvas, 54.1 x 65 cm Provenance: Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, acquired directly from the artist Exhibited: Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen, De twee grote liefdes van Elisabeth den Bieman ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Image du matin calme sur fond du Mont Fuyi Signed and dated '89 lower centre Signed, titled and dated '89 on the reverse Acrylic on canvas, 73.2 x 59.9 cm Provenance: - Private collection, Belgium - Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam Exhibited: Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen, De twee grote ...


Corneille

(Liège 1922 - Paris 2010) Les Grandes Falaises Signed and dated '55 lower right Signed, titled and dated '55 on the reverse Oil on canvas, 65 x 91.9 cm Provenance: - Collection Hans & Alice de Jong, Hengelo - Collection Elisabeth den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam Literature: - C.M. Cluny, Corneille, Editions de la Différence, Paris, 1992, p.101 - ...