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Karel Appel *
Lot No. 253 
Karel Appel *
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Karel Appel *

(Amsterdam 1921–2006 Zurich)
Earth bird, 1955, signed and dated K. Appel 55, oil on canvas, 65 x 80.5 cm, framed

The work is registered in the Karel Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, 9 February 2011, reference 1105X55 (certificate available in photocopy)

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (label on the reverse)
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg, New York, 14 May 2002, lot 164
European Private Collection
Sotheby’s Paris, 3 June 2010, lot 125
European Private Collection

“Let’s suppose that the first colour I apply to the canvas is red. Now that action determines everything else that happens to the painting. After that I could put yellow on it, and some blue. Then I might perhaps obliterate the red with black, and the blue would perhaps become yellow, and the yellow purple, while the black changes to white. Obviously anything can happen. But the whole fascinating process began with that first red, and if I hadn’t begun with red, the whole painting would have been different. Is there a system, is there order, in this chaos?”
Karel Appel

Karel Appel *
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  • realized price**
    EUR 67,500
    USD 77,500
  • estimate
    EUR 45,000 to 65,000
    USD 51,500 to 74,500

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Contemporary Art I
Date: 22.11.2017, 18:00
Location: Palais Dorotheum Vienna
Exhibition: 11.11. - 21.11.2017

**Purchase price incl. all charges, commissions and taxes

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