Lot 2: Screen print "Abstract Composition" by Karel Appel, around 1980
December 7, 2012
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Colour screen print
Netherlands, around 1980
Karel Appel (1921 - 2006) - Dutch artist of the CoBrA group
Screen prints by Appel fetch up to 7,000 Euros at international auctions
Signed lower right in pencil, "Appel"
Numbered lower left in pencil, "92/160"
Overall dimensions, framed: 80 x 98.5 cm
Very good condition
This screen print by the Dutch artist Karel Appel was made around 1980. It shows an abstract composition in blue and red tones with green and black accents. The composition is divided by the black vertical line; however, all the colours appear on both sides. The colours, emerging in dots, curved lines and short dashes, are assembled beautifully and create a whole. The print shows the CoBrA artist's typical characteristics: a rough, simplified depiction in bright colouring.
The print is in very good condition; the frame shows slight traces of wear. The composition is signed lower right, "Appel", in pencil and numbered lower left, "92/160", in pencil. The overall dimensions, framed, are 80 x 98.5 cm; the printing plate's size is 75 x 55 cm.
Karel Appel (1921 - 2006)
The Dutch artist Karel Appel studied at the Imperial Art Academy in Amsterdam and founded the CoBrA group with other artists, in 1948. He gained international renown in 1953 when his works were exhibited and honoured at the Biennial in Sao Paulo.