3 April 2019
Karel Appel (Dutch 1921-2006) Single Figure 11
Sold Price £2800
Karel Appel (Dutch 1921-2006)
Single Figure 11
Oil on paper laid to canvas
Signed lower right
46.5 x 19cm (18¼ x 7¼ in.)
The Redfern Gallery, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner, September 1966
Please note: this work is oil on paper laid to canvas and not as stated in the printed catalogue
Christiaan Karel Appel was a post-war Dutch painter, sculptor, designer and writer, known for his characteristic bold and abstract childlike style.
Appel was taken under the wing of his uncle, who instilled in him a love for painting the landscapes of Amsterdam. He was tutored by Jozef Verheijen before applying to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam in 1942.
He became one of the founders of the group CoBrA in 1948; whose collective styles tended towards expressionism and was inspired by childrens art. His works are often characterised by violent brushstrokes, bold colours and layers of paint.