Personage197550 1/4 x 50 1/8 in.(127 x 127 cm) oil on canvas
ProvenanceProperty from the collection of Gloria Luria
Dutch painter and sculptor Karel Appel was an influential founding member of the international avant-garde movement CoBrA active from 1948-1951. The collective, named for the initials of the members’ home cities Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam, rejected both traditional naturalism and abstraction devoid of expression. Drawing inspiration from the freedom of color, line, and form found in children’s art, Appel and his contemporaries sought to embrace spontaneity and experimentation. “Personage” from 1975 exemplifies the artist’s expressionist paint handling, thick impasto, and brilliant color.