Karel Appel was an influential Dutch artist, born on April 25, 1921, in Amsterdam, and passed away on May 3, 2006. He was a prominent figure in the 20th-century modern art movements, notably the CoBrA collective.

Appel became internationally renowned for his expressive, colorful paintings, often characterized by spontaneous and childlike brushstrokes. His work was heavily influenced by primitive art, children’s drawings, and the art of the mentally ill. He sought to capture the spontaneity and vitality of these forms in his own work.

As a co-founder of the CoBrA movement (an abbreviation for the cities of COpenhagen, BRussels, and Amsterdam), Appel played a key role in promoting experimental art in the post-war period. CoBrA artists sought a new, instinctive way of creating, independent of traditional aesthetics and techniques.

Appel’s work encompassed not only paintings but also sculptures, graphic art, and ceramics. He continued to experiment with different media and techniques throughout his career.

Karel Appel enjoyed worldwide recognition, and his work is displayed in numerous museums and art collections around the world. His unique style and contribution to modern art make him a lasting and influential figure in art history.