Karel Appel, a Dutch artist, is also a founder of Cobra,
an avante garde movement characterized by child-like
spontaneity and inspired by Danish and Nordic mythology.
His artwork embodies the movement’s ideals and is
composed of vibrant, contrasting colors. We offer original,
hand-signed art by Karel Appel including his prints, paintings,
lithograhps, sculptures, and tapestries.

Karel Appel Prints, Paintings,
Lithographs, Sculptures, and Art

Wizzard, 1978
Acrylic on Wood Relief
Hand-signed by Karel Appel


Karel Appel Prints, Paintings, Lithographs, Sculptures, and Art


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  • Composition I, 1970
    Karel Appel
    Original Color Lithograph
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    Item # 4163

  • Wizzard, 1978
    Karel Appel
    Circus series
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    Item # 4343

  • The Netherlands, c. 1970
    Karel Appel

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    Item # 4761

  • Flying in Blue Sky, c. 1977-1979
    Karel Appel
    Woven Wool and Silk Tapestry
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    Item # 3331

  • Composition II, 1970
    Karel Appel
    Original Color Lithograph
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    Item # 4164

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From Karel Appel's silk woven tapestries and color lithographs emerges a naïve world inspired by American Action painting and sensual Matisse drawings.

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Karel Appel Prints, Paintings, Lithographs, Sculptures, and Art
Karel Appel (1921-2006)

Karel Appel Biography

A Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet, born in Amsterdam, Karel Appel started painting at the age of fourteen and studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in the 1940s. He had his first show in Groningen in 1946 and his early work was influenced by Picasso, Matisse, and Dubuffet. In 1948, with longtime friends Corneille and Constant, he founded the experimental group and magazine Reflex, and soon thereafter helped found the CoBrA movement. Based on the unifying doctrine of complete freedom of color and form, the CoBrA movement had antipathy towards Surrealism as well as a common interest in Marxism and modernism.

In 1949, Appel participated with the other CoBrA artists at an exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam which generated a huge scandal and many objections in the press and public. The new art of the CoBrA-group was not popular in the Netherlands and as a result, Appel moved to Paris in 1950 and truly developed his international reputation. His subject matter was both broad-ranging and powerful, with a wide appeal. Continually developing his skills, on a trip to the United States in 1957, he was introduced to Action Painting (where paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied) and this freedom from standards ushered in a new period for Appel as his work became more dynamic. Apart from being a painter and lithographer, he also created polychrome sculptures, stained-glass windows, mural paintings, and poetry.

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