Lot 12
  • 12

KAREL APPEL (1921 - 2006) | Paysage Humaine, 1959

12,000 - 18,000 USD
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  • Karel Appel
  • Paysage Humaine, 1959
  • Sheet: 22 by 30 in. (55.9 by 76.2 cm.); Framed: 30 7/8 by 38 1/2 in. (78.4 by 97.8 cm.)
pastel and acrylic on paper; signed and dated '59'; titled, dated '59' and inscribed on the reverse


Private Collection
Acquired from the above by the present owner in November 1973


São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, '5th Biennial of São Paulo,' September - December 1959, cat no. 12


This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is window matted and hinged intermittently along the reverse of the upper edge to the backing board. There is an undulation to the sheet, visible upon close inspection. The edges of the sheet are deckled and slightly discolored, not visible when matted. There is a 1/4 inch vertical tear to the lower right corner. There are handling marks to the unpainted areas of the sheet. There is stable hairline cracking to the thick, white painted passage, visible upon close inspection. Framed under Plexiglas.
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Catalogue Note

Dutch painter and sculptor Karel Appel was one of the founding figures of CoBrA, a collective of artists from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam who, in the wake of World War II, rejected the notions of geometric abstraction and surrealism in pursuit of pure expression. Appel and CoBrA sought to emulate child-like spontaneity and movement in their work, ignoring the principals and order of modern art of the time. Through the use of heavily applied primary colors, stark contrast, and vibrant expression, Appel and CoBrA became accredited with rejuvenating Dutch art in the postwar period.