Karel Appel
Dutch, 1921-2006
High auction record
€841k, Christie's, 2012
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Karel Appel: Out of Nature,
Blum & Poe
Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color,
Phillips Collection
Karel Appel,
Centre Pompidou

A founder of the CoBrA association of painters, Karel Appel rendered expressionist canvases with vibrant color, violent brushwork, and thick application of impasto paint. The artist derived much inspiration from primitive art and children’s drawings, and was influenced by contemporaries such as Jean Dubuffet, the major exponent of Art Brut. Though Appel is primarily known for his paintings that combine elements of both figuration and of abstraction, the artist also experimented with relief paintings, sculpture, and design.

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