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Artist: Karel Appel (1921 - )
Nationality: Dutch
Movement: Expressionism
Media: Painting
Influences:

Biography:
Dutch abstract artist, Karel Appel is often considered the leading figure in the modern generation of Dutch artists. He co-founded the Cobra group in 1948 before moving to Paris two years later. Throughout the 1950’s, Appel slowly gained notoriety, traveling extensively and winning several major prizes. His paintings are Expressionist, often appearing purely abstract at first glance, but with closer observation, alluding to human or animal figures. These paintings often have undertones of terror and spirituality. Appel has also created sculptures, prints, and ceramics.


Artworks in Museum Collections: (60)
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Karel Appel Coversation color lithograph 1960
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Karel Appel Abstract Composition color lithograph 1958
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Karel Appel untitled, plate on p. 132 in the book, 1¢ Life ([Bern: E. W. Kornfeld, 1964]) color lithograph 1964
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Karel Appel untitled, plate on p. 74 in the book, 1¢ Life ([Bern: E. W. Kornfeld, 1964]) color lithograph 1964
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Karel Appel untitled, plate on p. 129 in the book, 1¢ Life ([Bern: E. W. Kornfeld, 1964]) color lithograph 1964
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Karel Appel untitled, plate on p. 128 in the book, 1¢ Life ([Bern: E. W. Kornfeld, 1964]) color lithograph 1964
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Karel Appel untitled, plate on p. 133 in the book, 1¢ Life ([Bern: E. W. Kornfeld, 1964]) color lithograph 1964
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Karel Appel untitled, plate on p. 103 in the book, 1¢ Life ([Bern: E. W. Kornfeld, 1964]) color lithograph 1964
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Karel Appel untitled, plate on p. 63 in the book, 1¢ Life ([Bern: E. W. Kornfeld, 1964]) color lithograph 1964
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Sans titre (1956) by APPEL Karel
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Karel Appel - Issa 1963 oil on canvas Hirshhorn Museum Dutch
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Karel Appel - The Donkey 1961 oil on canvas Hirshhorn Museum Dutch
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Karel Appel - The Discovery 1986 Oil on Canvas Arizona State University Museum
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Karel Appel - Energy (Energie) 1950 gouache and paper an Hirshhorn Museum Dutch
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Karel appel - Black Mountain 1961 color lithograph on Hirshhorn Museum Dutch
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Karel Appel - Head and Fish 1954 oil on canvas The Detroit Institute of Art Dutch
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Karel Appel - Birds: Storm Over The Sea 1957 oil on canvas Hirshhorn Museum Dutch
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Karel Appel - Beach Life 1958 oil on canvas Hirshhorn Museum Dutch
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Karel Appel - La Fille (The Girl) 1956 oil on canvas Hofstra Museum Dutch
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Karel Appel - Flying Birds 1958 oil on canvas Hirshhorn Museum Dutch
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Karel Appel - Commencement De Printemps 1963 oil on canvas Hirshhorn Museum Dutch
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Karel Appel - Heads in Space (Abstraction_ 1958 oil on canvas Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Dutch
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Karel Appel - Colored Lithograph n.d. color lithograph on Hirshhorn Museum Dutch
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Karel Appel - Parrot Woman With Bird 1963 oil on canvas Hirshhorn Museum Dutch
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Karel Appel - Magic Doll With Pig's Head 1961 oil on canvas Hirshhorn Museum Dutch
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FOLIES-BERGERE / LES DANTE (titre inscrit) (1886 après) by APPEL F (lithographe)
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il faut toujours se défier. (titre inscrit) (1875 entre ; 1886 et) by APPEL F (éditeur)
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FOLIES-BERGÈRE / TOUS LES SOIRS À 11 hres. / L'ORCHESTRE DES ÉLÉPHANTS DE / SAM LOCKART (titre inscrit) (1890 vers) by APPEL François (éditeur, ?)
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Danseurs et musiciens amerindiens (titre factice) (1878 entre ; 1890 et) by APPEL F (éditeur)
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Calendrier de 1888 (titre factice) (1887) by APPEL F (éditeur)
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FOLIES-BERGÈRE / TOUS LES SOIRS / JACK / de / FER (titre inscrit) (4e quart 19e siècle ; 1er quart 20e siècle) by APPEL F (lithographe)
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EXPOSITION NATIONALE / DES CIDRES / ET / POIRÉS (titre inscrit) (4e quart 19e siècle ; 1er quart 20e siècle) by APPEL F (lithographe)
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Orange House, Kevin Appel (United States, Los Angeles, born 1967) , 2001, Twelve color lithograph
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Library View, Kevin Appel (United States, Los Angeles, born 1967) , 1999, Acrylic on canvas over panel
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FOLIES-BERGÈRE / LES / TREVALLY / Acrobates (titre inscrit) (1886 après) by APPEL F (lithographe)
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LES LUPPU / Célèbres Artistes / ROUMAINS / SUR LES CINQ BARRES FIXES EN L'AIR (titre inscrit) (4e quart 19e siècle ; 1er quart 20e siècle) by APPEL F (lithographe)
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Karel Dujardin The Savoyard 1658
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Portrait I, Annie Appel (United States, born 1961) , 1994, Silver dye-bleach (Cibachrome) print, laminated and mounted onto aluminum
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Portrait II, Annie Appel (United States, born 1961) , 1994, Silver dye-bleach (Cibachrome) print, laminated and mounted onto aluminum
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Enfants portant un casque de pompier et préparant un plat flambé à base de sucre et d'oranges (titre factice) (1878 entre ; 1890 et) by APPEL F (éditeur)
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Karel Dujardin The Two Swine 17th century
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Jaroslav Dobrovolsky Bookplate: Ex Libris, Karel Holzmann 1930
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R. ABDY / ET SES / KAKATOËS (titre inscrit) (4e quart 19e siècle ; 1ère moitié 20e siècle) by APPEL F (lithographe)
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ETABLISSEMENT HYDROTHÉRAPIQUE / DIVONNE (titre inscrit) (4e quart 19e siècle ; 1ère moitié 20e siècle) by APPEL F (imprimeur)
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Paysage avec cours d'eau et pré avec bétail by DUJARDIN Karel
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Rochers au pied desquels on voit plusieurs figures by DUJARDIN Karel (genre de)
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Karel Dujardin Les Quatres Montagnes Etching 1659
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Karel Dujardin Les deux Muletiers Etching 1656
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Karel Dujardin Le Champ De Bataille Etching 1652
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Karel Dujardin L'Homme et le chien Etching 1659
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Karel Dujardin A shepardess amongst her animals. Etching 17th century
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Karel Dujardin [Shepherd behind a tree] 17th century
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Passage du gué au crépuscule (17e siècle (?)) by DUJARDIN Karel (genre de)
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Karel Dujardin [Cows and bulls in a landscape] 17th century
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Karel Dujardin Le Berger derriere l'arbre Etching 1656
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Karel Dujardin Le Goujat et les deux anes Etching 1660
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Karel Dujardin Les deux chevaux Etching 17th century
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Karel Dujardin La chevre et les deux moutons Etching 1654
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Karel Dujardin La Vache et le Veau Etching 17th century
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Karel Dujardin Le Bouvier et ses trois Boeufs Etching 1660

Artnews Articles and Exhibition Information: (37)
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MICHAEL C.CARLOS MUSEUM: Karel Appel: Form Becomes Vibration
In Appel s 1970s work he continued to use his favored childlike motifs masks, faces, animals but he adopted a new manner of expression using thick parallel strokes of vivid, con...

Stedelijk Museum: Karel Appel - pastorale chiaroscuro
Since his first exhibition (Young Painters, 1946) the Stedelijk Museum has closely followed the Appel's career and regularly organised exhibitions of his current work. The present exhibition stands in this tradition. An large proportion of t...

De Appel: Unlimited.nl#4
Kortun says the fourth edition of De Appel's Unlimited projects is literally unlimited. 'The project is without a thematic, conceptual framework - visual or otherwise. The works and the diverse modes of presentation...

De Appel: Darren Almond
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Cambridge Galleries: Reading the Face: Portraits by Brian Appel, Doug Guildford & Sadko Hadzihasanovic
When confronted with a series of portraits, each viewer sees them according to their personal history, values, beliefs, gender, social and economic class. The face is a mirror: a landscape, a vessel containing memory ...

De Appel: That was Then This is Now
A presentation by academic Marga van Mechelen and a lecture by French curator Guillaume Désanges shed a new light on the origins of De Appel as a performance-based space set up by Wies Smals in 1975. The production ‘Show Dance’ by Swiss-Greek chor...

De Appel Foundation: Performing Light: Ulay
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Stedelijk Museum: Pastorale Chiaroscuro
Since his first exhibition (Young Painters, 1946) the Stedelijk Museum has closely followed the Appels career and regularly organised exhibitions of his current work. The present exhibition stands in this tradition. An large proportion of the wo...

De Appel at SKOR: Inkijk: Re-interpreted by Sancho Silva
The Inkijk is a skeletal structure, resembling a conventional representation of a ‘house’, yet lacking both the space and internal characteristics of a house/home.  The Inkijk comprises particular physical characteristics, which highlight certain ...

State Hermitage Museum: The Past of the Present: Cobra and Contemporaries from the Stedelijk Museum
Artists Pierre Alechinksy, Karel Appel, Eugene Brands, Constant, Corneille, Lotti van der Gaag, Henry Heerup, Arne Jacobsen, Asger Jorn, Lucebert, Pieter Ouborg, Carl-Henning Pedersen, Anton Rooskens, Shinkici Tajiri, Theo Wolvecamp. Co...

De Appel: in the meantime...Videos, Installations and Photography of Eight Artists
The exhibition in the meantime... curated by the Curatorial Training Programme at De Appel in Amsterdam, will present the videos, installations and photography of eight artists focusing on narratives of site and movement. All art works are der...

De Appel: Solo Exhibition: Jane and Louise Wilson
Power becomes visible in details of buildings and is evinced in the role played by codes. Gamma was filmed at Greenham Common, an American military base in Berkshire, England, that housed cruise missiles during the Cold War. Decommissioned in 1992...

De Appel: THE FILM AND VIDEO WORK OF CHRISTIAN JANKOWSKI AND ANRI SALA
Jankowski's work often consists of humorous, playful commentaries on situations in which an artist finds himself. 'Telemistica', is based on interviews with Italian TV presenters of horosco...

De Appel: Cinema, Sounds, Synergy: Arno Coenen and Sven Påhlsson
Coenen previously made an hallucinogenic ‘road movie’, inspired by his experience of a car trip through the West Coast of the United States. In ‘The Last Roadtrip’, all stereotypes of the American way of Life are exaggerated, creating a virtual wo...

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art: Against Design: Art, Utility, and Design
Organized around ten artists‚ inquiries into the built environment, the exhibition features works by Kevin Appel, Angela Bulloch, Clay Ketter, Roy McMakin, Jorge Pardo, Tobias Rehberger, Joe Scanlan, Atelier van Lieshout, Pae White, and Andrea Zi...

MAK Center for Art and Architecture: TRESPASSING: Houses x Artists
The projects engage the house as subject, investigating its forms, functions and significance while imagining a wide variety of prototypes for living. Presenting renderings, models, video and an interactive installation, the artists and architects...

Spacex: Emily Wardill : Game Keepers Without Game
The work, which is set to a complex drumming sound track, comprises of still shots of objects that become characters; and a mixture of acted scenes where nothing and nobody touches. Following its premiere at Spacex this new work will be sc...

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania: Against Design
This exhibition is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. The Exhibition Award program was founded in 1998 to honor Emily Hall ...

2nd Berlin Biennale: Biennale to Present over 40 Artists from 31 Countries
There will be paintings explicitly explaining the process of their own genesis, couches to lie on where one becomes the sculptor's model, witty dialogues on video about who's who in the art world, alternated with film projections where ...

Fusebox: Jason Gubbiotti: New Ways of Living
The characteristic bubbles and clouds of color that scudded across Gubbiotti’s luscious surfaces have morphed into crisp-edged, angular shapes reminiscent of the aerial outlines of buildings, architectural footprints for connecting rooms, walkways...

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art: Selections from the Hara Museum’s Permanent Collection
Within the realm of death, science is making hungry progress towards the explication of heretofore "incurable" diseases, and in the realm of life, has, as everyone knows, begun beating a path into that delicate territory of cloned birth. The focus...

De Appel: The World is Fine, We Ourselves Unfortunately Somewhat Less: Ritsaert ten Cate
With works by: Tiong Ang/Roy Villevoye, Erzebet Baerveldt, Francis Bacon, Jan Banning, Johannes Bosboom, Joost van den Broek, Ritsaert ten Cate, Merlijn Doomernik, Marlene Dumas, Albert Eckhout, Ger van Elk, Lucio Fontana, Dominique Ghesquière, Gi...

De Appel: ON PATROL: Artists Explore (In)Security
The exhibition ON PATROL will be officially opened on Friday 28 January at 7.30 p.m. by Boris Dittrich, chairman of the D66 Parliamentary party. Participating artists: Marc Bijl, Sophie Calle, Ergin Cavusoglu, Paul Chan, Claudia Cristovao, ...

Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art: Nedko Solakov: A 12 1/3 (and even more) Year Survey
Conceived as an artistic itinerary leading from one piece to the next, this show will be the first to present side by side most of Nedko Solakov's major works - including New Noah's Ark (1992), The Truth (The Earth is Plane, the World is Flat) (19...

Kettle's Yard Gallery: Claude Heath: Kettle’s Yard and Christ’s College Artist Fellow 2002-2003
These experiments in drawing often serve as starting points for larger scale works, including paintings and wall-drawings, whose size offers new interpretations of the imagery. Such imagery may include the life-mask of his brother, Toby, a leap...

TRANS area: Koo Jeong-a: A Solo Exhibition
about the artist’s practice- Jeong-a incorporates accumulations of commonplace, everyday materials in her subtle, landscape-like installations such as aspirin, pencils, garbage, and coins. However, the banality of these objects is transforme...

Sprengel Museum: Cloudcatcher: Horst Antes and the Shift in Painting during the 1960s
Antes developed his figure in the post-war years, a period in which abstraction had been largely accepted as the international art idiom. While the figurative was being vigorously purged from the picture, Antes worked obsessively...

Appleton Museum of Art: 20th Century Masterworks from the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto
Until now, this collection has not been available for loan during the 100-year history of the AGO. Following their exhibition at Appleton, these masterworks will return to Toronto and be re-installed in the AGO permanent collection galleries. The ...

Irish Museum of Modern Art: Cobra: Copenhagen Brussels Amsterdam
The name Cobra was coined in 1948 by the Belgian poet Christian Dotremont from the three cities where the main participants lived: Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam. Explosively expressive, with an emphasis on myth and the untutored art of child...

van Gogh Museum: Go(gh) Modern
The presentation is subdivided into four sections, each featuring a different aspect of Van Gogh's affect on contemporary art, and includes paintings, sculptures and videos by various artists and movements - from Appel and Kiefer to Nauman and War...

Kunsthalle Bern: Jutta Koether - Aenderungen Aller Art
As critic and editor of the music and pop culture magazine Spex and as performance artist and musician, however, Koether did not fit the typical image of the art scene of that time. Since the start of her artistic career Jutta Koether has sought t...

Walker Art Center: Painting at the Edge of the World
Rather than presenting a conservative and nostalgic celebration of the tradition of painterly practice, Painting at the Edge of the World will provide an examination of the recent genetic mutation of that tradition. In light of Yves Al...

Photographer's Gallery: Ed van der Elsken: Retrospective of A Dutch Photographer
Ed van der Elsken moved to Paris in 1950, joining many young Dutch artists and intellectuals seeking respite from the gloomy aftermath of the war in Amsterdam. Love on the Left Bank (1956), created during this period, remains his most cele...

Art Gallery of Ontario: Rodney Graham: A Little Thought
This first major North American tour of works by Rodney Graham is jointly organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Graham’s works have been widely shown throughout Canada ...

De Appel: Dark Mirrors from Japan
The impetus for the exhibition was the celebration of 400 years of relations between the Netherlands and Japan. Yukinori Yanagi and Yoshiko Shimada, both born in 1959, are quite different from the artists of the younger generation. ...

Guggenheim Museum: Hugo Boss Prize 2002 Finalists Announced
On behalf of the jury, I’m delighted to announce the shortlist for the HUGO BOSS PRIZE: 2002, said Thomas Krens. The biennial prize has become an integral component of the Guggenheim Museum’s contemporary art programming since its inception in 1...

Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery: Passport to Paradise: Works by Ian Carr-Harris, Janet Cardiff and
Ian Carr-Harris "In [Ian Carr-Harris‚s] accomplished works, Toronto‚s veteran conceptualist, teacher and former Ontario College of Art and Design librarian (he now teaches art at the college) presents extremes of materiality and ephemerality."...

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