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    Sale 2806

    Twentieth Century Art

    2 December 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 161

    Karel Appel (DUTCH, 1921-2006)

    The Passion of Two Men

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    Karel Appel (DUTCH, 1921-2006)
    The Passion of Two Men
    signed and dated 'Appel/62' (lower left), and dated again and inscribed with title (on the stretcher)
    oil on canvas
    161.5 x 130 cm.

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    "These are all experiments, I want to free myself again from abstraction; therefore i took the model again, just like I used abstraction to undo myself from the subject". (Karel Appel, quoted in S. Vinkenoog, Karel Appel, Utrecht 1963.)

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    Karel van Stuijvenberg, Caracas.

    Pre-Lot Text



    Mexico City, Museo de Arte Moderna, October-December 1977.
    Caracas, Museo de Bellas Artes, Karel Appel, March 1978.
    Caracas, Museo del Arte Contemporáneo, El Movimento Cobra en la Collección Karel van Stuijvenberg, September 1984.
    Sao Paolo, Biennal, 1985.
    Malmo, Konsthall, Cobra As reflected by the Karel van Stuijvenberg collection, 31 October-17 December 1986, no. 27 (ill.)
    Stockholm, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Cobra As reflected by the Karel van Stuijvenberg collection, 12 June-6 September 1987, no. 27 (ill.)
    Amsterdam, Nieuwe Kerk, Cobra 40 years later, 1988.
    Liège, Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Exposition Cobra, 9 April-31 May 1993.
    Santiago, Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Cobra hasta 12 anos despues, 1994.
    Amstelveen, Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst, De Taal van Cobra. Museumcollectie van Stuijvenberg, November 1995.
    Valencia, Museo de Bellas Artes, 50 Anos del Movimiento Cobra, 7 October - 28 November, 1997. Sao Paolo, Pinacoteca, Grupo Cobra, 17 July-10 September 2000.
    Estado do Paraná, Casa Andrade Muricy; Secretaria de Estado de Cultura, Cobra, 2-31 October 2000.