A character

Karel Appel

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Appel was a prominent exponent of the CoBrA movement, called so by the names of the European capitals in which this group of artists mainly worked: Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam. In fact, it was a pictorial current that followed the dictates of expressionism in the post-war period, but it expanded into less anguished, very lively, bizarre and, in a certain sense, joyful visions. Appel, in particular, created works in which the surviving figuration evolves into brightly colored shapes, which often give rise to fantastic creatures. So it happens in this case, where the author's hand draws with great force, using only black and red, the features of a character almost from a fairy tale. Our attention tends to unite these lines and these commas, composing a face and a body. In this way, we are transported to a different world: an expressive reality that does not follow the contradictory evolution of European society. And so it represents the counterpoint.


  • Title: A character
  • Creator: Karel Appel

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