Joseph Cornell

by Chantal

Self taught artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) is famous for his exquisite boxed works. His work makes me think of carefully preserved memory boxes, each referring to an experience, a person or a thing that had captivated him.

Untitled (Paul & Virginia), c1947-1948; J.Cornell

Untitled (Paul & Virginia), c1947-1948; J.Cornell

I find the poetry and Victorian sensibility of Cornell’s works very visually appealing. Robert Motherwell said of him, “his work forces you to use the word “beautiful”, what more do you want?”