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Appel, Karel

Karel Appel (kä´rəl äp´əl), 1921–2006, Dutch painter. A member of CoBrA, the European group of the late 1940s to early 1950s allied with abstract expressionism, Appel reacted against the austerity of such earlier Dutch abstraction as that of de Stijl. Characterized by informal brush work, bright, bold color, and a slashing line, Appel's paintings often possess a primal, childlike quality. Later in life Appel turned to creating figurative sculpture. Examples of his work are in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, Boymans-Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, and other collections.

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Appel, Karel

Appel, Karel (1921– ) Dutch painter, sculptor and muralist. In the 1940s, he was one of several painters who reacted against the strict formalism of De Stijl, and invented a wildly expressionist language of his own, similar to abstract expressionism. His most powerful work, often portraying fantastic, aggressive and tragic figures, anticipated Art Informel. Appel is one of the most important post-1945 Dutch artists.

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