Publication coincides with a major retrospective in Paris and Munich: Centre Pompidou, Paris, from October 21 2015 to January 11 2016, and Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, Pinakothek der Moderne, from February 4 to April 17 2016.
Karel Appel (1921-2006) is one of the Netherlands' most outstanding artists. As a cofounder of the CoBrA group, he was part of an international network of avant-garde artists and is regarded as one of the rejuvenators of post-1945 art. In the 1950s he began spending long periods of time in Paris and New York and soon enjoyed international success. Today his colorful sculptures can be found in many public squares, and his often large-format paintings are in museums around the world.