Karel Appel, ‘Rhapsodie de ma nuit’, 1958, Sylvan Cole Gallery

Looten, Emmanuel.
Rhapsodie de ma nuit.
Paris: Falaize, 1958.

First edition of this bizarre text by Emmanuel Looten, illustrated with SEVEN FULL-PAGE HORS-TEXTE ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS BY KAREL APPEL: four in full color, two printed in black on a red background, and one printed in black on a white background.

Edition limited to 75 numbered copies printed on fine Rives wove paper (plus 25 copies hors commerce). SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND THE ARTIST.

Folio. Loose as issued in original wraps (with additional full-page lithographs on the front and back), board chemise (a bit worn), and slipcase. FINE AND BRIGHT. One of the greatest--and rarest--illustrated books of the CoBrA movement.

Signature: Signed by the author and the artist

About Karel Appel

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