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Karel Appel

Across a nearly six-decade career, Karel Appel established a distinct aesthetic that made him one of the most influential Dutch artists of the latter half of the twentieth century. Born in 1921 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, he studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. Appel left the Netherlands in the 1950’s, travelled extensively and lived and worked in New York and Europe. He passed away in 2006 in Zürich, Switzerland.  A founding figure of CoBrA in 1948, a movement that rejected rationalism and geometric abstraction, Appel experimented widely, across painting, sculpture, drawing, and stage design, distinguishing himself for his astonishing capacity to innovate. He never settled in a signature style, media or subject. Going beyond his classical, academic training, Appel looked at folk art, as well as the uninhibited work of children and the mentally ill, whilst also drawing from jazz’s spirit of improvisation.  Oscillating between realism and an emotionally charged, robustly active, and spontaneous abstraction, Appel adopted a material-oriented approach in his practice and promoted a genuine form of expression.

Karel Appel

Animal Coming From the Sun,
1957
Oil on woodboard
63,5 x 76 cm
25 x 29,9 in

Karel Appel

Portrait
1966
Oil on canvas
162 x 130 cm
63.8 x 51.2 in

Karel Appel

Face d'homme
1966
Oil on canvas
81 x 65 cm
31.9 x 25.6 in

Karel Appel

Untitled
1955
Oil on canvas
100 x 72 cm
39.4 x 28.3 in

Karel Appel

Composition
1963
Oil on panel
69 x 98 cm
27.2 x 38.6 in

Karel Appel

Nu laineux,
1956
Oil on canvas
130 x 97 cm
51.2 x 38.2 in

Karel Appel

Nu abstrait
1957
Oil on canvas
116 x 80,5 cm
45.7 x 31.7 in

Karel Appel

Blue bird
1971
Acrylic on paper laid down on canvas
58 x 75,6 cm
22.8 x 29.8 in

Karel Appel

Two Heads
1973
Acrylic on paper laid down on canvas
49 x 77,5 cm
19.3 x 30.5 in

Karel Appel

Sad little fellow
1969-70
Oil on canvas
67 x 51 cm
26.4 x 20.1 in

Karel Appel

Le dernier adieu,
1981
Oil on canvas
195 x 226 cm
76.8 x 89 in