About Karel Appel

Karel Appel Abstract Artist

Christiaan Karel Appel was a well-known artist who worked in many mediums and periods. He was an abstract painter, sculptor and poet who also loved to experiment with combining different mediums. One of his most famous series, Window Paintings, combined both painting and sculptor into an abstract form that celebrated the essence of both mediums. He also incorporated landscapes into his later works, which can be felt in his last decade of pieces.

Appel's works have been exhibited around the globe, from Brussels to New York City, and remain in many private collections and museum exhibits today. His solo exhibitions include Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1982); Castello di Rivoli–Museo d'arte contemporanea, Turin, Italy (1987); National Museum of Art, Osaka (1989); Stedelijk Museum (1998, 2000, and 2001); and Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Amstelveen, Netherlands (2001).

He was born in Amsterdam in 1921, where he began painting at 14 years old. He was educated at The Royal Academy of Arts, as well as Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. 

Appel died in 2006, but before his death he set up the Karel Appel foundation with the mission to ,"to preserve [his] artworks, to promote public awareness and knowledge of Karel Appel's oeuvre, and to supervise publication of the Oeuvre Catalogue of the paintings, the works on paper, and the sculptures."