Karel Appel, 1960, Christiaan Karel Appel (25 April 1921 – 3 May 2006) was a Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet. He started painting at the age of fourteen and studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in the 1940s. He was one of the founders of the avant-garde movement Cobra in 1948
Karel Appel was a Dutch painter, sculptor, & poet who was 1 of the founders of Cobra. The new art of the CoBrA-group was not popular in the Netherlands, but it found a warm welcome in Denmark. In Denmark CoBrA artists started cooperating by collectively painting the insides of houses, which encouraged and intensified the exchange of the typical 'childish' and spontaneous picture language used by the CoBrA group.