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1962 Print Wall Energy Rotterdam Netherlands E-55 Portrait Karel Appel XAQ4

1962 Print Wall Energy Rotterdam Netherlands E-55 Portrait Karel Appel XAQ4

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This is an original 1962 black and white halftone print of the completed Wall of Energy Exposition in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The architects Van den Broek and Bakema commissioned him to paint this 100 meter long brick wall for the exhibition entitled "E'55" (Energy 1955).

Appel was developing his own, unique style in the 40s using found objects and dabbling in the "childish" painting style. He was heavily influence by Picasso and Mattise and started the artist's group called CoBrA (Copenhagen, Bruxelles, Amsterdam).

To understand his work better one can take interest in Herbert Read's evaluation of Appel's work: "Always distinguish between vitality and violence. Though Appel's paintings may be said to stream with the blood of animals, they are not patches from the floor of an abattoir: they represent the physical substance of life itself. Their colors are living, moving, never coagulated or faded. They stream through the field of vision as natural forces, conveying life to hearts that are invisible only because they are hidden within our own breasts.

CONDITION

This 49+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects.No surface rub.No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is printing on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 11.5 x 11.5 inches; 29 x 29 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: majestic, historic, amsterdam, expressionism

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