Hand-signed by artist, signed'appel' and numbered 1/2. Dimensions: 15" wide, 3 1/2" deep and 21 1/2 tall. Karel Appel's bright, expressionistic paintings helped set the aesthetic template for the mid-20th-century CoBrA group, which included Christian Dotremont, Asger Jorn, and Joseph Noiret. Inspired by folk and children's art, the work of Jean Dubuffet, and the earlier modernist experiments of Joan Miró and Paul Klee, Appel used vivid primary colors and violent brushwork in his thickly impastoed canvases. Their suggestive compositions often resemble wildly abstracted figures.
Appel studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, and his work has been exhibited in New York, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Vienna, Rome, and Zürich.