Karel Appel artwork • painting • previously for sale City with clouds
Amsterdam 1921-2006 Zürich (Zwitserland)
City with clouds
acrylic on paper 56.5 x 76.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '84
This painting was previously for sale.
Provenance: Galerie Nova Spectra, Den Haag.
Literature: tent.cat. 'Appel', Osaka, Japan, The National Museum of Art/Tokio, The Seibu Museum of Art/Tochigi, Japan, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts/Hiroshima, Japan, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 1989, pag. 108, cat.nr. 85 (met afb. in kleur); Harry Otten e.a., 'Hollandse wolkenluchten - een onvergelijkbaar schouwspel', Utrecht/Antwerpen 2009, afb. in kleur pag. 64.
Exhibited: 'Appel', Osaka, Japan, The National Museum of Art, 5 jan.-5 febr. 1989/Tokyo, The Seibu Museum of Art, 11 febr.-7 maart 1989/Tochigi, Japan, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, 16 april-11 juni 1989/Hiroshima, Japan, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 24 juni-23 juli 1989.
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.
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