Karel Appel

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Appel, Karel

(kä`rəl äp`əl), 1921–2006, Dutch painter. A member of CoBrA, the European group of the late 1940s to early 1950s allied with abstract expressionismabstract expressionism,
movement of abstract painting that emerged in New York City during the mid-1940s and attained singular prominence in American art in the following decade; also called action painting and the New York school.
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, Appel reacted against the austerity of such earlier Dutch abstraction as that of de StijlStijl, de
[Du.,=the style], Dutch nonfigurative art movement, also called neoplasticism. In 1917 a group of artists, architects, and poets was organized under the name de Stijl, and a journal of the same name was initiated.
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. Characterized by informal brush work, bright, bold color, a slashing line, and frequently figurative elements, Appel's paintings often possess a primal, childlike quality. Later in life Appel turned to creating figurative sculpture. Examples of his work are in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., Boymans–Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, and other collections.