LAMA has just acquired a one-of-a-kind drawing by the Dutch painter, sculptor, and writer Karel Appel (1921-2006).
Along with Danish artist Asger Jorn and Belgian artist Corneille, Appel founded the experimental artist collective known as Cobra, an acronym for Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Through their exhibitions and periodical of the same name, Dutch modernism was reborn and Appel’s distinctive style began to materialize. His rough, often haunting paintings and lithographs exhibit a color-heavy abstract expressionist perspective on children and animals, reflected by life in postwar Europe. As he broke from the Cobra movement in the early 1950s to join Art Autre – which included Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Sam Francis – he won the Unesco prize at the 1954 Venice Biennale and in the same year, he had his first American exhibition at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York. In 1957, he traveled to New York to paint portraits of some of his favorite jazz musicians, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, and Miles Davis. Created in 1960 only three years after his landmark American visit, Untitled (Cat) harnesses the intrinsic impact of primary colors, evoking a primal and chaotic representation of one of his most familiar subjects.
Just this week, over 400 works by Appel were found in the warehouse of a British logistics company. They were lost in transit to the Karel Appel Foundation in 2002. Check out the story here.
– Paul Des Marais, Contributing Writer
“Karel Appel Biography.” Karel Appel Foundation. Karel Appel Foundation, 2012. Web. Feb. 2012.
Colored crayon and graphite on paper
Signed, dated and inscribed lower right
Image: 17.25″ x 23″; Frame: 25″ x 30″
Estimate $12,000 – 15,000
To be included in the May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design Auction