Dutch artist Karel Appel

I would have loved to’ve met Karel Appel!  Born in Amsterdam in 1921 he produced the most wonderful paintings, drawings, sculptures and poems and was part of the COBRA group.  It is his drawing and painting that I love the most …

 

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Above: CREEPING CAT

 

om pom karel appel people, birds and sun 1954

Above: PEOPLE, BIRDS and SUN

 

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Karel Appel began painting age 14 and was initially influenced by Picasso, Matisse and Dubuffet.

 

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Above: HIP, HIP, HOORAH 1949

 

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Above: QUESTIONING CHILDREN 1949

 

In 1950 he moved to Paris…

 

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Above: PAINTED 1950

 

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Above: SMILE 1950

 

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Above: PROMENADE 1950

 

I really love his drawings…

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Above: CRAYON DRAWING 1969

 

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Above: HEAD IN SPACE 1953 ink and charcoal on paper

 

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Above: ALL TOGETHER

 

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Above: A LATER DRAWING 1983

 

He painted a series of nudes…

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Above: PART OF A SERIES OF NUDES 1963

 

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Above: YELLOW NUDE

 

Here are some more of my favourite paintings…

 

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Above: 1974

 

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Above: THE BIG EAR

 

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Above: ANIMAL

 

And three of my favourite sculptures, the first of which I just love…

 

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Above: TWO OWLS 1948

 

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Above: STANDING FIGURE

 

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Above: UNTITLED 1950

 

Here is Appel in his studio…

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He died at his home in Zurich in May 2006 age 85.

I leave you with a wonderful video of the great man at work…

If you would like to find out more about Appel I would suggest heading over to the Karel Appel Foundation.  Hope you’ve loved his work as much as me :)))

words: CAND JUSKUS

images: various online sources