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Karel Appel

Karel Appel (1921-2006) was a Dutch painter known for his figurative abstract paintings incorporating inventive and expressive use of color, form, and line. His work is characterized by its bold gestural style.  Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, he attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the 1940s.  In 1948, he founded CoBra with artists Asger Jorn, Guillaume Corneille, and Pierre Alechinsky, advocating expressive and intuitive painting techniques drawing on Folk Art and primitive imagery. Later in his career, the artist also worked with sculpture, assemblage, poetry, lithography, and set design.  He has held solo exhibitions in cities worldwide, including New York, London, Paris, Milan, and Tokyo.


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