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Fantastic Creature

Fantastic Creature

Karel Appel (in 1953)

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During the short period in which the Cobra group existed, from 1948 to 1951, Appel painted simplified human and animal figures in solid blocks of colour. Later his painting style became looser with thick layers of paint and lots of black. In this painting, man has become a monstrous creature with an enormous striped, mask-like head who seems to be making his way through a city with sketchily rendered towers and houses.

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Title Fantastic Creature
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location Chabot Museum
Dimensions Height 116.5 cm
Width 89 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Karel Appel
Accession number 2631 (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1961
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1961
Age artist About 32 years old
Exhibitions Een prikkelcollectie (2000)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - Kunst stelt alles voor (2020)
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Karel Appel

Amsterdam 1921 - Zürich 2006

Karel Appel was given a painting set by his uncle when he was fifteen and was encouraged to paint. He studied at the Rijksacademie [National Academy] in...

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