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Danse d'espace avant la tempête [Dance in Space before the Storm]
© Karel Appel Foundation / DACS 2015

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Danse d'espace avant la tempête [Dance in Space before the Storm] 1959

Not on display

This painting was made shortly after Appel had seen the work of the abstract expressionist artist (and fellow Dutchman) Willem de Kooning, while on a trip to America. Appel's painting suggests spontaneity and directness. Some of the paint has been squeezed onto the canvas directly from the tube and other areas have been smudged with his hands. The painting is an explosion of colour and movement, with an ominous black mass at either end of the canvas suggesting the threatening storm.

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Abstract Expressionism

Term applied to a loose grouping of New York-based artists in the mid-20th century including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. Internal feelings were expressed by the physical action of producing the art works.

Abstract Expressionism


  • Acc. No. GMA 815
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 129.50 x 161.90 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1962