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Karel Appel (1921 - 2006)

Lot 105: Karel Appel , 1921-2006 Kinderen en Dieren oil on canvas

Sotheby's

June 25, 2008
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description

signed and dated '48 oil on canvas

Dimensions

30 by 40 cm.

Exhibited

Leiden, Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, De Portrettist Paul Citroen als Verzamelaar, December 1968 - February 1969, no. 2a

Literature

Herbert van Rheeden a.o., Paul Citroen, kunstenaar-docent-verzamelaar, Zwolle 1994, No. XLVIII, illustrated

Provenance

Paul Citroen, The Netherlands
and thence by descent

Notes

We kindly thank Mr Jan Nieuwenhuizen Segaar for his contribution to the research of this work
Questioning Children (Vragende Kinderen) is one of the most important series by the artist, of which three wood collages exist. They exemplify one of the most important areas of interest of Karel Appel, as Jean-Clarence Lambert states: 'not boyhood but the infancy of art.'
Of the CoBrA artists it is, again according to Jean-Clarence Lambert, Appel who 'went furthest in identifying with children; the child was one of the iconographic themes to which he would return throughout the entire course of his work, after the famous fresco, Questioning Children (Vragende Kinderen), he painted for the Amsterdam Town Hall.'

And as the artist put it: 'very often people exclaim when they see my work "Look at that! My three- year-old daughter could have done it!" to which he replies "Yes, that's true, but the difference is I did it while she didn't."'

Painted in 1948 around the moment that CoBrA was formed, Children and Animals (Kinderen en Dieren) shows the childlike sensibility and the jubilant sense of victory and freedom Appel must have found in his work. With its pure red, green, blue and yellow colours Children and Animals exemplifies the CoBrA style.

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