Karel Appel People, Birds and Sun 1954

Share this artwork

Artwork details

Artist
Karel Appel 1921–2006
Title
People, Birds and Sun
Mensen, vogels en zonnen
Date 1954
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1730 x 2428 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1986
Reference
T04163
Not on display

Display caption

This painting was made after the dispersal of the CoBrA group, but it demonstrates the artist's continuing commitment to the ideals of expressive, spontaneous painting. Appel worked with the paint at high speed and with no preconceived scheme, turning the large canvas around from time to time. The figurative elements were added last. Their appearance recalls the naivety of paintings made by children, whose untrained and unadulterated approach was much admired by CoBrA artists.

July 2005

About this artwork