Appel, Karel

Description: Karel Christiaan Appel (Dutch 1921-2006) “What Are They Waiting For”Serigraph. Measures – 27 1/2″ wide x 21 1/2″ high, total with frame – 33 3/4″ wide x 27 1/2” high. Pencil signed lower right, numbered 3/100. Dated 1970. Depicting two faces set against a multicolored geometric background.

Karel Appel was a painter born on April 25, 1921 in Amsterdam, Holland; his father was a barber. He studied at the Royal Academy in Amsterdam in 1940-43. Appel sought to develop an impulsive formal language based on life, in reaction to geometric academicism. He even founded with others an experimental group. In Paris in 1949, he focused on mastering creative power and did canvases that “look like they were done in a rageĀ”.