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Karel Appelartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsman • sculptorAmsterdam 1921-2006 Zürich (Zwitserland)

biography of Christiaan 'Karel' Appel

Karel Appel was one of the leading figures of the post-war Cobra movement (1948-1951). His work typically represents the ideals of this group of artists whose pictures express rebellion against the constraints of traditional painting. In his Cobra period Appel painted fantasy creatures and figures, but after 1951 he painted more vehemently, so that line and form merged into a turbulent, expressive impasto.


for salepaintings, watercolours, drawings and sculptures by Karel Appel


Appel C.K.  | Rabbit, chalk and acrylic on paper, 50.1 x 64.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated '69Appel C.K.

Rabbit, chalk and acrylic on paper, 50.1 x 64.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated '69

Appel C.K.  | Trois clowns, wax crayons and gouache on paper, 49.7 x 63.9 cm, signed l.l. and dated '58Appel C.K.

Trois clowns, wax crayons and gouache on paper, 49.7 x 63.9 cm, signed l.l. and dated '58

Appel C.K.  | Two figures, acrylic on paper on canvas, 68.2 x 83.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '75Appel C.K.

Two figures, acrylic on paper on canvas, 68.2 x 83.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '75


previously for salepaintings, watercolours, drawings and sculptures by Karel Appel


Appel C.K.  | Abstract relief, glazed pottery on panel, 51.0 x 40.7 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse and dated on the reverse '70Appel C.K.

Abstract relief, glazed pottery on panel, 51.0 x 40.7 cm, signed l.r. and on the reverse and dated on the reverse '70

Appel C.K.  | City with clouds, acrylic on paper, 56.5 x 76.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '84Appel C.K.

City with clouds, acrylic on paper, 56.5 x 76.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '84

Appel C.K.  | Composition, mixed media on paper on canvas, 55.9 x 76.2 cm, signed l.l. and painted in 1966Appel C.K.

Composition, mixed media on paper on canvas, 55.9 x 76.2 cm, signed l.l. and painted in 1966

Appel C.K.  | Composition, mixed media on canvas, signed l.r. and dated '48Appel C.K.

Composition, mixed media on canvas, signed l.r. and dated '48

Appel C.K.  | Figures against a blue background, gouache, collage and chalk on paper on canvas, 121.5 x 160.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1970Appel C.K.

Figures against a blue background, gouache, collage and chalk on paper on canvas, 121.5 x 160.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1970

Appel C.K.  | Owl, oil on canvas, 54.0 x 65.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated on the stretcher 1966Appel C.K.

Owl, oil on canvas, 54.0 x 65.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated on the stretcher 1966

Appel C.K.  | Personnage, wax crayons on paper, 26.0 x 20.5 cm, signed l.m. and dated '76Appel C.K.

Personnage, wax crayons on paper, 26.0 x 20.5 cm, signed l.m. and dated '76

Appel C.K.  | Playing children, wax crayons on paper, 30.2 x 20.3 cm, signed l.c. and l.r. and dated '48Appel C.K.

Playing children, wax crayons on paper, 30.2 x 20.3 cm, signed l.c. and l.r. and dated '48

Appel C.K.  | Polder landscape, oil on canvas, 44.9 x 55.0 cm, signed signed l.r. and dated 1940Appel C.K.

Polder landscape, oil on canvas, 44.9 x 55.0 cm, signed signed l.r. and dated 1940

Appel C.K.  | Portrait of a Cat, oil on canvas, 40.9 x 50.8 cm, signed l.r. and painted 1981Appel C.K.

Portrait of a Cat, oil on canvas, 40.9 x 50.8 cm, signed l.r. and painted 1981

Appel C.K.  | Three figures, gouache on cardboard, 21.8 x 16.1 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1958Appel C.K.

Three figures, gouache on cardboard, 21.8 x 16.1 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1958

Appel C.K.  | Two creatures, gouache on paper, 50.0 x 64.5 cm, signed l.r. and executed in the 1960sAppel C.K.

Two creatures, gouache on paper, 50.0 x 64.5 cm, signed l.r. and executed in the 1960s

Appel C.K.  | Two faces, oil on canvas, 38.2 x 46.2 cm, signed l.r.Appel C.K.

Two faces, oil on canvas, 38.2 x 46.2 cm, signed l.r.

Appel C.K.  | Two figures, acrylic on paper on canvas, 68.5 x 84.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '75Appel C.K.

Two figures, acrylic on paper on canvas, 68.5 x 84.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '75

Appel C.K.  | Tête, oil on canvas, 24.0 x 19.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1968 on the reverseAppel C.K.

Tête, oil on canvas, 24.0 x 19.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1968 on the reverse

Appel C.K.  | Unforgettable Lady, oil on canvas, 75.9 x 38.1 cm, signed c.r. and executed in 1971Appel C.K.

Unforgettable Lady, oil on canvas, 75.9 x 38.1 cm, signed c.r. and executed in 1971

Appel C.K.  | Untitled, chalk and gouache on paper, 55.0 x 73.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated '59Appel C.K.

Untitled, chalk and gouache on paper, 55.0 x 73.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated '59

Appel C.K.  | Untitled, oil on canvas, 38.1 x 46.3 cm, signed l.r.Appel C.K.

Untitled, oil on canvas, 38.1 x 46.3 cm, signed l.r.

Appel C.K.  | Untitled (New Year's wish 1973/74 for mr and mrs Sanders, Schiedam), watercolour and wax crayons on paper, 28.2 x 34.9 cm, signed l.r.Appel C.K.

Untitled (New Year's wish 1973/74 for mr and mrs Sanders, Schiedam), watercolour and wax crayons on paper, 28.2 x 34.9 cm, signed l.r.

Appel C.K.  | Untitled (design for cover 'Artscribe'), watercolour on paper, 29.4 x 20.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated '83Appel C.K.

Untitled (design for cover 'Artscribe'), watercolour on paper, 29.4 x 20.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated '83

Appel C.K.  | Windmill, wax crayons on paper, 94.2 x 71.5 cm, signed l.r. and executed ca. 1984Appel C.K.

Windmill, wax crayons on paper, 94.2 x 71.5 cm, signed l.r. and executed ca. 1984


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