Karel Appel

Amsterdam, 1921 - Zurich, 2006

Karel Appel met Corneille in the period1940-1943 while studying art at Amsterdam’s prestigious Rijksacademie. In 1946 the two travelled to Liège, where they mounted a joint exhibition in 1947. Appel and Corneille also journeyed to Paris together. On Appel’s return he met Constant and in 1948 he, Constant and Corneille exhibited in Amsterdam.

Together with Anton Rooskens, Theo Wolvecamp and Jan Nieuwenhuys (Constant’s brother) the three went on to form the Dutch Experimental Group on 16 July 1948. On 8 November of that same year Appel helped found CoBrA, and is probably the movement’s best-known member in the Netherlands.

Above all, Appel is famous for describing his work as ‘just mucking about’ – which didn’t endear him to other painters in the expressive style. He created a furore in the Dutch art world of the Forties and Fifties, his 1949 mural Questioning children for the staff restaurant in Amsterdam’s city hall occasioning quite a scandal. Indignant civil servants, rendered uncomfortable by the starving children’s beseeching eyes, insisted the work be covered up and the mural disappeared behind wallpaper for a decade.

Appel always favoured the call to direct expression in paint, rather than the Marxist analysis of Western civilisation propagated by Constant. He had little time for Constant and Dotremont’s theoretical pamphlets, devoting his CoBrA years to painting innocent, childlike creatures and fabulous beasts in bright colours, utilizing simple forms and bold lines.

After CoBrA Appel maintained an emotional approach to his subject. During the Fifties he developed a heavier painting style, with line and areas of colour melting together into evocative swathes of paint. Alongside his paintings, the versatile Appel made assemblages and sculptures, and also wrote poetry. Right up until his death in Zurich on May 3, 2006, Appel remained the hard-working, almost obsessive painter he had always been.

 

Editions

Bonne Année

lithograph
1958
30 x 45 cm
Edition ea
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Untitled

lithograph
1958
55 x 75 cm
Edition 50
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Oiseau de L’aube

lithograph
1959
58 x 74 cm
Edition 120
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Au Pays Noirs

lithograph
1960
57 x 76 cm
Edition 125
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Black Mountains

lithograph
1960
45 x 65 cm
Edition 125
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A Beast Drawn Man A

lithograph
1961
50 x 40 cm
Edition 75
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A Beast Drawn Man B

lithograph
1961
50 x 40 cm
Edition 75
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A Beast Drawn Man C

lithograph
1961
50 x 40 cm
Edition 75
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A Beast Drawn Man D

lithograph
1961
50 x 40 cm
Edition 75
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A Beast Drawn Man E

lithograph
1961
50 x 40 cm
Edition 75
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A Beast Drawn Man F

lithograph
1961
50 x 80 cm
Edition 75
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A Beast Drawn Man G

lithograph
1961
50 x 80 cm
Edition 75
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Untitled

lithograph
1962
60 x 90 cm
Edition ea
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Paysage Humains A

lithograph
1963
51 x 51 cm
Edition 115
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Paysage Humains B

lithograph
1963
51 x 51 cm
Edition 125
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Paysage Humains C

lithograph
1963
51 x 51 cm
Edition 125
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Paysage Humains D

lithograph
1963
51 x 51 cm
Edition 125
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Paysage Humains E

lithograph
1963
51 x 51 cm
Edition 125
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Paysage Humains F

lithograph
1963
51 x 51 cm
Edition 125
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Paysage Humains G

lithograph
1963
51 x 51 cm
Edition 125
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Paysage Humains H

lithograph
1963
51 x 51 cm
Edition 125
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Jules et Katanga

lithograph
1968
63 x 46 cm
Edition 120
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Confidence

lithograph
1969
54 x 67 cm
Edition 125
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Personage Rouge

lithograph
1969
55 x 70 cm
Edition 120
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Untitled

lithograph
1969
56 x 70 cm
Edition 75
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Untitled

lithograph
1969
60 x 75 cm
Edition 120
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Drawn

lithograph
1977
38 x 56 cm
Edition 75
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Untitled

lithograph
1977
55 x 75 cm
Edition 160
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Kip

screenprint
1977
70 x 84 cm
Edition 140
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Kijk naar Mij

screenprint
1977
49 x 49 cm
Edition 300
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Leef met Mij

screenprint
1977
49 x 49 cm
Edition 300
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De Indiaan

screenprint
1977
49 x 49 cm
Edition 300
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Hoofden als Bloemen

screenprint
1977
49 x 49 cm
Edition 300
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Spelend in het Blauw

screenprint
1977
49 x 49 cm
Edition 300
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Het Gele Hoofd

screenprint
1977
49 x 49 cm
Edition 300
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De Tovenaar

screenprint
1977
49 x 49 cm
Edition 300
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Monday – Bird in Summer Landscape

screenprint
1977
85 x 70 cm
Edition 100
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Tuesday – Head against blue Sky

screenprint
1977
85 x 70 cm
Edition 100
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Wednesday – Yellow Flower Head

screenprint
1977
85 x 70 cm
Edition 100
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Thursday – Green Head

screenprint
1977
85 x 70 cm
Edition 100
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Friday – Head against Green Grass

screenprint
1977
85 x 70 cm
Edition 100
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Saturday – A Summer evening’s Slumber

screenprint
1977
85 x 70 cm
Edition 100
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Sunday – Sitting under a Blazing Sun

screenprint
1977
85 x 70 cm
Edition 100
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Seven Summerdays Saturday

screen printing
1977
70 x 85 cm
Edition 100
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Rustende Kikker

screenprint
1978
43 x 63 cm
Edition 250
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Animeux I

lithograph
1978
55 x 75 cm
Edition 160
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Animaux II

screenprint
1978
55 x 75 cm
Edition 175
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Animaux III

screenprint
1978
55 x 75 cm
Edition 160
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Animaux IV

screenprint
1978
55 x 75 cm
Edition 175
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Clown aux Larmes d’or

wood engraving
1978
76 x 57 cm
Edition 130
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Clown Visage Paysage

wood engraving
1978
76 x 57 cm
Edition 130
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Le Jongleur Prophétique

wood engraving
1978
76 x 57 cm
Edition 130
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Soleil Inca

wood engraving
1978
76 x 57 cm
Edition 130
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Suite a Deux I (avec Pierre Alechinsky)

etching
1978
30 x 22 cm
Edition 50
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Suite a Deux II (avec Pierre Alechinsky)

etching
1978
30 x 22 cm
Edition 50
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Suite a Deux III (avec Pierre Alechinsky)

etching
1978
30 x 22 cm
Edition 50
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Suite a Deux IV (avec Pierre Alechinsky)

etching
1978
30 x 22 cm
Edition 50
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A Deux Pinceaux (avec Pierre Alechinsky)

aquatint, etching
1978
41 x 61 cm
Edition 75
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Untitled

screenprint
1980
24 x 27 cm
Edition 100
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Tête Montagne

aquatint, etching
1980
116 x 131 cm
Edition 80
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Pepie

screenprint
1981
24 x 32 cm
Edition 150
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De Neige (avec Dotremont)

screenprint
1982
63 x 77 cm
Edition 100
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Rustende Beer

screenprint
1985
43 x 31 cm
Edition 50
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Hollands Landschap

screenprint
1986
52 x 62 cm
Edition 24
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