Karel Appel, ‘The Cat’, 1951, ARS/Art Resource
Karel Appel, ‘The Cat’, 1951, ARS/Art Resource

The Martha Jackson Collection at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1974.

Image rights: Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Art Resource, NY / Appel, Karel (1921-2006) © ARS, NY

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

Group Shows

Art Informel
Tracce - Various aspects of Abstract painting
Fondazione Malvina Menegaz, 
Castelbasso, Province of Teramo, Italy,
Nel Segno della Materia - Pittura Informale Europea e Americana
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