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Karel Appel & CoBrA

Karel Appel (Amsterdam 1921- Zürich 2006) was a cofounder of the influential art collective COBRA (CoBrA group 1948-1951). Karel Appel became famous above all for his credo “I just mess around at it.” Appel attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam (1940 -1943). Appel’s style is characterized by thick layering of pigment, violent brushwork, and a crude, reductive figuration. His figurative sculptures in wood and metal share with the paintings a brutal, imaginative expressionism.

COBRA (or CoBrA) was a European avant-garde movement active from 1948 to 1951. The name was coined from the initials of the members’ home cities: Copenhagen (Co),  Brussels (Br), Amsterdam (A). Well-known members were among others Karel Appel, Lucebert, Eugene Brands, Asger Jorn, Corneille, Pierre Alechinsky and Jacques Doucet.

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