Karel Appel, Composition II, 1970

Signed Karel Appel lithograph, Composition II, 1970

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Artist:Karel Appel (1921 - 2006)

Title:Composition II, 1970

Medium:Original Color Lithograph

Image Size:26 in x 20 in (66 cm x 50.8 cm)

Sheet Size:26 in x 20 in (66 cm x 50.8 cm)

Framed Size:approx. 42 1/2 in x 37 1/4 in (108 cm x 94.6 cm)

Edition:Numbered from the edition of 100 in pencil in the lower left.

Signature:This work is hand-signed by Karel Appel (Amsterdam, 1921 - Zürich, 2006) in pencil in the lower right.

Condition:This work is in excellent condition offering bright vibrant colors.

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Historical Description of this artwork

Whimsical in nature, the exuberant application of color captures a quality of spontaneity and experimentation. Famous for the “Dupe of Being” in which he strives to combine the tragic side of life and the joy that is in the light, this work captures both elements brilliantly. Through the use of contrasting colors Appel increases their intensity, creating a vital representation of a character. Resembling a human with an expressive mouth, eyes, and hand the viewer can sense a deeper meaning about the condition of man which the viewer can take from it what they like.

Dating from 1970, this original color lithograph is hand-signed by Karel Appel (Amsterdam, 1921 – Zürich, 2006) in pencil in the lower right and numbered from the edition of 100 in pencil in the lower left.

About Appel and the Cobra Movement:
Cobra, a group of Expressionist painters formed in Paris in 1948 by a number of Netherlandish and Scandinavian artists. The name derived from the first letters of the capital cities of the three countries of the artists involved – Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam. The aim of the Cobra artists was to give free expression to the unconscious, unimpeded and undirected by the intellect. In their emphasis on spontaneous gesture, they had affinities with the American Action Painters, but they differed in their strand and fantastic imagery, related in some instances to Nordic mythology and folklore, in others to various magical or mystical symbols of the unconscious.
(Oxford Dictionary of 20th Century Art, 1998, pg. 129)

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A Certificate of Authenticity will be included with the sale of the work.

About the Framing:
Framed to archival museum grade conservation standards, this piece is framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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Why Appel?

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 (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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