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Karel Appel (Dutch, 1921 - 2006)
Karel Appel was born in Amsterdam, where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts from 1940 to 1943. He was one of the foremost, post-war artists to abandon a sophisticated, ordered approach to painting and return instead to the primitive, child-like roots of artistic creation. In 1948 Appel was one of the co-founders of the COBRA group, who were influenced by primitive and naïve art. Appel's gestural and expressionistic paintings were created spontaneously, and although his work looks abstract, there are often suggestions of figures and recognisable shapes.