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    Sale 2822

    Post-War and Contemporary Art

    17 June 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 62

    Karel Appel (DUTCH, 1921-2006)

    Femme et oiseau

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    Karel Appel (DUTCH, 1921-2006)
    Femme et oiseau
    signed and dated 'Appel 1968' (lower right), and signed again and inscribed with title (on the stretcher)
    oil on canvas
    230 x 191 cm.

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    'Man is creative space in infinity with all its complexities. I work now from this point of view, or rather experience, which is not a cerebral or intellectual thought, because then I'd make myself a prisoner. It is just this experience which frees me and my work. I have to release all the possibilities and discoveries of my time to be able to employ all possibilities. Instead of psychological individualism, like my early portraits, sad people, I now think of a magical individualism. The personal experience such as joy, sorrow, love, and hate is replaced by a universal and spatial experience.
    Again I paint portraits, man in relief. The portraits and heads I painted earlier had a magical expression, through their features, expression, and violence, while now the personal or momentary emotion is the most important. The spatial color planes are placed next to each other and over each other on a background of space, together forming man.' ('Karel Appel on Karel Appel' in: A. Frankenstein, Karel Appel, New York 1980, p. 99)

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    Acquired from the artist by the present owner in 1968.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the work was exhibited: Basel, Kunsthalle, Tajiri, Lucebert, Appel, 9 March - 13 April 1969 (erroneously dated 1966)

    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of a Private European Collector


    Basel, Kunsthalle, Tajiri, Lucebert, Appel, 9 March - 13 April 1969 (erroneously dated 1966)