Karel Appel


Karel Appel’s art is known for its abstract figures in oil on canvas, resembling folk or children’s artwork at first glance. A deeper look at Karel Appel paintings for sale reveals his affinity with Miro and Klee. Appel was a founding member of the short-lived avant-garde Dutch movement called CoBrA (Copenhagen, Brussels, and Antwerp), which rejected intellectual aesthetics and symmetrical constructs.

Karel Appel’s art consists of vibrant colors and bold expressions, normally of animals, people, or hybrid creatures with eccentric features that are portals of emotion. He also used intensely colored lithography in much of his work. Signed Karel Appel lithographs done in his lifetime are highly collectible.

Appel’s artwork hangs in MoMA, the National Gallery of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. You can also find other eclectic modern paintings for sale online at Invaluable.

Past Lots

Karel Appel (1921-2006), "Two Lovers (Deux Tetes Amoureux)," 1959, Colored crayon on paper, blindstamp Arches, 22" H x 30" W

Sold: $24,130

Karel Christiaan Appel, (1921-2006, Dutch), Composition with faces, 1973, Color serigraph on paper under glass, Sight: 29" H x 21.25" W

Sold: $2,812

Karel Christiaan Appel (1921-2006 Dutch)

Sold: $2,745

Karel Christiaan Appel, (1921-2006, Dutch), Abstract figure and bird, 1972, Color lithograph on paper under glass, 31.25" H x 23.5" W

Sold: $1,500