Karel Appel Amorous Dance 1955

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Artist
Karel Appel 1921–2006
Title
Amorous Dance
Danse amoureuse
Date 1955
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1140 x 1460 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Lord Croft 1958
Reference
T00212
Not on display

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Describing his technique, Appel said: ‘I slap at the paint with brushes and palette knives and my bare hands.’ The outlines of two dancing figures can barely be deciphered amidst the explosion of line and colour. Following the end of CoBrA, Appel’s method of working became increasingly aggressive and exuberant as he relished the material quality of the paint. Here, the encrusted surface has a life force of its own which seems to mirror the dynamic exchange between the dancers.

July 2005

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