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Christiaan Karel Appel (pronounced [ˈkrɪstijaːn ˈkaːrəl ˈɑpəl] ; 25 April 1921 – 3 May 2006) was a Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet. He started painting at the age of fourteen and studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in the 1940s. He was one of the founders of the avant-garde movement CoBrA in 1948. He was also an avid sculptor and has had works featured in MoMA and other museums worldwide.
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Born 25 April 1921. He executed two free standing paintings for Tweede Vrijzinnig Christelijk Lyceum, The Hague, in 1949-1956. His collaborators on the project were J.J.P. Oud and Wessel Couzijn. In 1948 he co-founded the Cobra group in Paris. His mature work evolved from studying the art of children, and is known for an expressionistic graphic style.
Dutch, Netherlandish
Artist, Ceramicist, Designer, Enameler, Enameller, Writer, Etcher, Furniture Designer, Glass Painter, Lithographer, Muralist, Jewelry Designer, Collagist, Graphic Artist, Illustrator, Painter, Pastelist, Pastellist, Sculptor
Karel Appel, Christiaan Karel Appel, C. K. Appel, Karel Apel, Christaan Karel Appel
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