Christiaan Karel Appel (1921 - 2006)

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Appel, The Crying Crocodile Tries to Catch the Sun

The Crying Crocodile Tries to Catch the Sun
1956, Oil on canvas, 57 1/4 x 44 1/2 inches (145.5 x 113.1 cm)
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Appel, Beach Life

Beach Life
1958, Oil on canvas, 63 3/8 x 51 1/8 IN (161.0 x 130.0 cm)

Appel, Flying Birds

Flying Birds
1958, Oil on canvas, 25 3/4 x 36 1/4 IN (65.4 x 92.1 cm)

Christiaan Karel Appel was a Dutch artist, who cofounded the avant-garde movement Cobra in 1948. Appel was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he lived for most of his life. As a teenager, Appel was given a set of paints and introductory classes by one of his uncles. Appel enjoyed painting and decided to study at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, looking at the work of Picasso, Matisse and Dubuffet.

Appel, Donkey

1961, Oil on canvas, 51 X 63 5/8 IN (129.5 X 161.6 cm)

Appel, Magic Doll with Pig's Head

Magic Doll with Pig's Head
1961, Oil on canvas, 51 1/4 X 63 3/4 IN (130.0 X 162.0 cm)

In 1946 Appel had his first exhibition and became active in an experimental art group (Nederlandse Experimentele Groep). In 1948 Appel formed a new group known as Cobra, along with Corneille, Constant and Jan Niewenhuys. Appel's work was not easily accepted during his time. A fresco he painted in the Amsterdam City Hall was covered up for nearly a decade before being rediscovered.

Appel, Parrot Woman with Bird

Parrot Woman with Bird
1963, Oil on canvas, 51 x 38 IN

Appel, Beginning of Spring

Beginning of Spring
1963, Oil on linen, 51 x 38 1/4 IN (129.8 x 97 cm)

In 1950 Appel moved to Paris in search of a more open-minded audience. In Paris, Appel was discovered as a great artist and quickly gained an international reputation. During the following decades, Appel travelled around the world, including visits to Brazil, Yugoslavia, the USA and Mexico. Appel continued painting frescoes, mainly in New York City and Florence.

Appel, Energy (Energie)

Energy (Energie)
1950, Gouache and paper and plastic collage on paper mounted to canvas, 22 1/8 X 29 1/4 IN (56.2 X 74.4 CM)

Appel, Front cover from Appel, Frie Kunstnere Volume 3

Front cover from Appel, Frie Kunstnere Volume 3
1950, Print, photolithograph

Appel spent his last years living in Zurich, Switzerland and was buried at the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Before his death, Appel established a foundation to protect and preserve his artistic work.

Appel, The Big Ear

The Big Ear
1954 Print, Lithograph irreg. composition, 16 7/16 x 11 7/8″ (41.8 x 30.2 cm) sheet 19 1/4 x 12 13/16″ (48 x 32.6 cm)
Modern Museum of Art, New York

Appel, Beast

1956, Ink on paper, 9 1/2 x 12 5/8″ (24 x 31.9 cm)
Museum of Modern Art, New York

Appel, Toi at Moi

Toi at Moi
1963, Print, lithograph composition (irreg.): 25 7/8 x 19 3/4″ (65.7 x 50.2 cm); sheet: 29 7/8 x 21 7/8″ (75.9 x 55.5 cm)
Museum of Modern Art, New York

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