Text by Franz W. Kaiser
30 x 24.5 cm - 11 3/4 x 9 5/8 in
Edition of 800
Almine Rech Editions
Published in conjunction with Karel Appel's exhibition 'Figures et Paysages' held at Almine Rech Paris from October 12 to November 16, 2019.
'Appel is often described as the most influential Dutch artist of the second half of the 20th century, which is only partly true: he was of course born in Amsterdam, but in 1950, at age 29, left the Netherlands never to return. He moved to Paris with Corneille, Constant and Asger Jorn who formed the nucleus of CoBrA, a fiercely European avant-garde group founded two years earlier. “Amsterdam was the city of my youth; Paris was that of my evolution. What I learned there beats all the rest”, he later told writer Simon Vinkenoog.
The crucial importance of Karel Appel’s formative years and artistic development in France had been all but forgotten until some ten years after his death, the Centre Pompidou - through an exhibition of drawings curated by Jonas Storsvé (2015), and the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, with a retrospective curated by Choghakate Kazarian (2017) – endeavoured to set the record right. The exhibition hosted by Almine Rech under Franz W. Kaiser’s curation follows in their footsteps. It focuses on two pervasive themes highly characteristic of Karel Appel’s work: the figure and the landscape.'
- Franz W Kaiser