Highlights from The Armory Show 2013
Signature: • Signed "Appel" lower left • Signed, dated on the reverse
• Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Philadelphia Collects 20th Century", October-November 1963.
• "Tracce. Vari aspetti della pittura astratta", Dellupi Arte, Milan, April-May 2016, Milan, cat. della mostra pp. 22-25, ill. col.
Niveau Gallery, New York
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.
Dutch, 1921-2006, Amsterdam, Netherlands, based in Paris, France