Karel Appel - Personage
Hand signed and numbered by Karel Appel edition 8
Dimensions: Ø 38,5
Karel Appel was an influential Dutch painter whose figurative abstractions employed expressive colors and forms. Like Jean Dubuffet, Appel found inspiration in the artwork of children and the rejection of sophisticated aesthetic tastes. “Painting, like passion, is an emotion full of truth and rings a living sound, like the roar coming from the lion’s breast,” he reflected. “To paint is to destroy what preceded. I never try to make a painting, but a chunk of life.” Appel began experimenting with a rudimentary approach of describing subject matter reminiscent of folk art. In 1948, he helped form the CoBrA group (an acronym for the cities the artists were from: Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam), along with Asger Jorn, Constant, Corneille and others who were united in their rejection of rationalism and geometric abstraction.Through the following decades the artist continued his engagement with painterly expression and was the subject of several solo exhibitions.