Signed Appel and dated 1972. Oil on canvas and shaped wood, 127 x 152,5 cm.
600 000 - 700 000 SEK
57 859 - 67 502 EUR
ACA Galleries, New York.
Private collection, New York.
Sotheby's, New York, Contemporary Art Morning, 13 November 2003, cat no 238, illustrated on p. 171 in the catalogue.
Private collection, Stockholm.
I have always dreamed of revolutionary forms of expression, that would reflect the very game of life and society, nature and city. I have always dreamed of catching the secret movement of existence with the most spontaneity, flexibility and transparence.
In the mid1940s Appel was influenced first by Picasso och Matisse, then by Dubuffet. He established the Cobra group (1948–51) with among others Asger Jorn (Copenhagen), Pierre Alechinsky, Constant (both from Brussels) and Karel Appel (Amsterdam). The style distinguished itself through bold, expressive compositions inspired by folk and children's art, as well as by the work of Paul Klee and Joan Miró. In 1949 Appel completed a fresco for the cafeteria of the city hall in Amsterdam, which created such controversy that it was covered for ten years. As a result of this controversy and other negative Dutch reactions to CoBrA, Appel moved to Paris in 1950 and developed his international reputation by travelling to Europé, South America and the USA.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Appel worked simultaneously in sculpture and painting. In the vibrant and dynamic composition, ”Two people” Appel is adding a threedimensional form to the traditional canvas pushing the abstraction further. The combiation is bold and gives the work a radiating picturesque power evoking softness, innocence and childhood brutality.