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Thierry De Cordier

Belgian, b. 1954

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Thierry De Cordier

Belgian, b. 1954

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After a lengthy and varied career as a performer, sculptor, writer, and poet, Thierry de Cordier has devoted himself exclusively to the study of seascapes in an effort to move beyond the sublime, the picturesque, and the other qualities of the romantic landscape. “Visibly, there’s nothing pleasing about a picture that works (otherwise it’s an image or something decorative)…Not the landscape as such, nor its representation, but just the way it works. To my eyes this is the very essence of painting. Something different from the highly ‘suggestive’ character of a romantic picture.” Influenced by the monochromatic topographical paintings made in China in the 17th and 18th centuries, he works with oils, enamel, and Chinese ink to depict the sea as a distillation of all the forces of nature.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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Group show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

After a lengthy and varied career as a performer, sculptor, writer, and poet, Thierry de Cordier has devoted himself exclusively to the study of seascapes in an effort to move beyond the sublime, the picturesque, and the other qualities of the romantic landscape. “Visibly, there’s nothing pleasing about a picture that works (otherwise it’s an image or something decorative)…Not the landscape as such, nor its representation, but just the way it works. To my eyes this is the very essence of painting. Something different from the highly ‘suggestive’ character of a romantic picture.” Influenced by the monochromatic topographical paintings made in China in the 17th and 18th centuries, he works with oils, enamel, and Chinese ink to depict the sea as a distillation of all the forces of nature.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more