Dance in White Space



The work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity by the Karel Appel Foundation.

The painting is part of a series created between 1958 and 1962. The period represents a peak in the artist’s career: a few years after receiving critical acclaim and institutional recognition and right before representing the Netherlands at the Venise Biennale.

The mostly abstract paintings with sometimes parts of figurative elements are easily recognizable by the thick impasto of the paint very representative of the artist work at that time. Karel Appel directly applied the paint onto the canvas with the use of a spatule and sometimes even straight out of the paint tubes. Together with the paintings from the CoBrA period these works are among the most sought after by collectors.

·      Very well balanced composition and very representative of a great quality painting by the artist.

·      All the important elements of a great work by Karel Appel: the thick impasto, the large format, the use of vibrant primary colors, the sense of movement and the powerful feeling left behind by the virulent strokes of paint.

·      Works of this size and quality are becoming increasing rare.

·      Prestigious provenance: Martha Jackson Gallery (the first to represent Karel Appel in the USA) / Geleria Tega.

·      Strong auction records and increasing prices for high quality works.

·      Similar works of this period are included in all the major museums and institutions 




Martha Jackson Gallery, New York Private collection, USA
Galleria Tega, Milan
Private collection, Switzerland 

more about Karel Appel

Karel Appel

b. 25.04.1921
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

d. 03.05.2006
Z├╝rich, Switzerland

Appel was born in 1921 in Amsterdam. He attented the Royal Academy in his hometown from 1940 until 1946, selling his first works to small dealers and friends. He lived in a time in which several new art forms were emerging, just after World War II. In 1948, three young artists formed a group in Amsterdam and published a journal called Reflex. These artists were Appel, Corneille and Cons . . .
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