Karel Appel

Appel was a genuine painter with his significant real painting and sculpture work.

Christian Karel Appel (25 April 1921 – 3 May 2006) was a Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet. He started painting at the age of fourteen and studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in the 1940s. He was one of the founders of the avant-garde movement Cobra in 1948. At fourteen, Appel produced his first real painting, on canvas, a still life of a fruit basket. In 1947 he started sculpture work with all kinds of used materials 9the technique of assemblage and painted them in bright colors: white, red, yellow, blue and black.

Appel’s dynamic painting and fine sculptures are preserved and remembered.

Appel joined the Experimentele Group in Holland together with the young Dutch painters Anton Rooskens, Theo Wolvecamp and Jan Nieuwenhuys. Appel died on 3 May 2006 in his home in Zürich, Switzerland. He suffered from a heart ailment. He was buried on 16 May 2006 at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France.  Years before his death, Appel established the Karel Appel Foundation, whose purpose is "to preserve [Appel's] painting artworks, to promote public awareness and knowledge of Karel Appel's oeuvre and to supervise publication of the Oeuvre Catalogue of the paintings, the works on paper and the sculptures."

  • Informed - Art Informel and the Contemporary Structure

    Informed - Art Informel and the Contemporary Structure


    October 01, 2015 - October 22, 2015

  • Grand Opening

    Grand Opening


    April 17, 2015 - May 10, 2015