• Karel Appel

  • Elephant
  • People in Landscape
    1989, Acryl auf Papier, 65 x 102,9cm
  • Untitled
    1994, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
  • Figures in blue background
    1987, Öl auf Leinwand, 84,3 x 111,1 cm
  • Untitled
    1982, Acryl auf Papier auf Leinwand, 110 x 75,5 cm
  • Composition
    nicht datiert (undated), Acryl auf Papier, 58 x 76 cm


Karel Appel (1921-2006), co-founder of the famous artist group CoBrA, fascinates the viewer with his multi-layered and imaginative artistic works and is today considered one of the most important Dutch painters of the 20th century. In a strongly impasto style, Appel brings his emotions with rhythmic brushstrokes, but also directly with a spatula or hands on the canvas and has created an expressive oeuvre with figurative-abstract color landscapes over the decades that has been captivating the international art world since the 1950s .

The avant-garde CoBrA group was named after the hometowns (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam) of the founding members, including Asger Jorn, Karel Appel, Constant and Pierre Corneille. After it was founded in Paris in 1948, it came to an official end in the early 1950s following differences. With the goal of spontaneous abstract painting represented by CoBrA, Karel Appel achieved great benevolence in international art criticism. Not least because of the French curator Michel Tapié, who classified him as one of the main protagonists of Art autre. His experimental and individualistic works, which were prominently promoted by the New York gallery owner Martha Jackson, Sam Francis and later Richard Lindner, hide behind their expressive style a great complexity due to the networking of art movements from the mid-20th century.

Karel Appel's figurative works are located in an area of ​​abstraction, which is located between the style of European Informel (French: without form) on the one hand, and figurative painting on the other. His artistic claim is an expression of an “atmosphere of constant search and experimentation”, as Asger Jorn already put it. This is also reflected in his analytical view of his surroundings.

Appel's often childlike compositions are deliberately chaotic ensembles of multicolored gradients and structures; they are landscapes, figures, but also portraits that lose themselves in dynamic variation. His works allow the subject and the ground to emerge vigorously through the strongly impasto oil paints, the components of which Appel even mixed himself.

With his energetic oeuvre and in his very own artistic way, Karel Appel pursued a unique avant-garde degree of abstraction in modern art. His expressive experiments and seemingly spontaneous compositions are inspiring perspectives on life.

It is a real fight to be awake, to see everything new, for the first time in your life.

Karel Appel, 1982 ©Photo, Marcel Antonisse, 1982, Anefo, Nationaal Archief, ©Quotations, Karel Appel


Museum and single exhibitions (selection)


Lucio Fontana - Ambienti/Environments, Hangar Bicocca, Mailand, Italien
Lucio Fontana, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes(MNBA), Buenos Aires, Argentinien


Omaggio A Lucio Fontana, Fondazione Marconi, Mailand, Italien
Lucio Fontana - Concetti Spaziali, Galleria Civica d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM), Turin, Italien


Lucio Fontana - Rétrospective, Musée d‘Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM/ARC), Paris, Frankreich


segno materia spazio, Galleria Forni, Bologna, Italien
Lucio Fontana: CeramicsAspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, USA
Lucio Fontana - hic et nuncGalleria Comunale di Arte Contemporanea Arezzo, Arezzo, Italien
Lucio Fontana: Prints and Sculpture, P. Gartventure galleryLarchmont, NY, USA
Retrospettiva, Studio La Città, Verona, Italien


Lucio Fontana. Le scritture del disegno, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Mailand, Italien
Lucio Fontana - Zeichen und Zeichnung, Kunstmuseum Appenzell, Appenzell, Schweiz


Fontana. Luce e Colore,Palazzo Ducale, Genua, Italien
Il disegno all’origine della nuova dimensione, Museo d‘Arte Mendrisio, Mendrisio, Schweiz
Lucio Fontana. ScultoreGalleria Nazionale d‘Arte Moderna (GNAM), Rom, Italien


Via Crucis - Lucio Fontana, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), São Paulo, Brasilien
Lucio Fontana - At the Roots of Spatialism, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, Großbritannien


Lucio Fontana: alle radici dello Spazialismo, Italian Cultural InstituteNew York City, NY, USA
Lucio Fontana: Venice/New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY, USA
Lucio Fontana. Venezia / New York, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venedig, Italien
Lucio Fontana. The Poetics of Space between Creation and Representation, The State Russian Museum - Marble Palace, St. Petersburg, Russland


Carriera „barocca“ di Fontana, Galleria Amedeo Porro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Mailand, Italien


Lucio Fontana, Milan Dobes Museum, Bratislava, Slovakei


Lucio Fontana - le ceramiche, Studio La Città, Verona, Italien