Karel Appel, Flying in Blue Sky, c. 1977-1979


Signed Karel Appel tapestry, Flying in Blue Sky, c. 1977-1979

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Artist:Karel Appel (1921 - 2006)

Title:Flying in Blue Sky, c. 1977-1979

Medium:Hand Woven Wool and Silk Tapestry

Image Size:58 3/4 in x 58 3/4 in (149.2 cm x 149.2 cm)

Edition:From the edition of 10.

Signature:Woven signature 'Appel' in lower right corner in black

Condition:This work is in good condition.

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Created in c. 1977-1979, this hand woven wool and silk tapestry is from the edition of 10. This work features the woven signature ‘Appel’ in the lower right corner in black.

This large-scale tapestry by Karel Appel envelops the viewer in a myriad of color. Bold tones capture the landscape of this work, with a cross section of primary colors with underlying shades of sky blues. The intermittent canary yellows allow for a lightness of composition, while the blues and greens help anchor the piece. The viewer can discern a large visage in the center that appears with eyes and mouth wide open. Abstract figures surround this visage, appearing somewhat animalistic in nature, instilled with a sense of liveliness and vivaciousness and relaying the impression the this tapestry is bursting with energy and animation.

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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 (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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