Amsterdam, Netherlands 1921- Zürich, Switzerland 2006
Karel Appel, a Dutch painter of turbulent, colourful, and semiabstract compositions, was a cofounder of the influential art collective COBRA (CoBrA group 1948-1951). He was also a noted sculptor and graphic artist.
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.
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