Karel Appel Lithograph, The Netherlands, circa 1970, L91 W77 cm.

Karel Appel Lithograph, The Netherlands, circa 1970, L91 W77 cm.

With his frenetic style and vibrant colors, Karel Appel (1921-2006) is one of the most famous members of the CoBrA movement (1949-1952).

The Dutch painter and sculptor studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Amsterdam) in 1942. There, he met fellow artists Corneille and Constant with whom he would found later the Experimental Group. 1950 was a turning point for Appel. After a few exhibitions and works that caused a lot of controversy in Amsterdam, the artist moved to Paris and developed a successful solo career. It’s only in 1990 that Karel Appel became more popular in his own country with several big shows organized by director Rudy Fuchs.

Appel’s work is now exhibited in great museums such as Tate Modern (London), Musée National d’Art Moderne (Paris), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York)