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Karel Appel (1921 – 2006)

Dutch painter and sculptor.
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Karel Appel
Through play, we renew contact with childhood Ė My art is childlike.
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The duty of the artist is not to be calculating in any sense, so that he may be free himself of human emotions while carried by the universal forces of life. Only then does one not think about making art, or about styles, or directions. Something comes about, something happens.
As an artist you have to fight and survive the wilderness to keep your creative freedom. Creativity is very fragile. Itís like a leaf in the fall; it hangs and when it drops you donít know where itís drifting.

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Itís (painting like this Ė you are in front of your canvas, your hands holds the painting, ready, raised. The canvas waits, waits, empty and white Ė but all the time it knows what it wants. So Ė what does it want, anyway? My hand comes near, my eyes begin to transform the waiting canvas; and when Ė with my hand holding the paint and my eyes seeing the forms Ė I touch the canvas, it trembles, it comes to life. The struggle begins, to harmonize canvas, eye, hand forms. New apparitions stalk the earth, c. 1953
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All the absurdity and hope are the stimulants to create. You make art to find a little hole to go on. You go through the whole to find the world again, and the absurdity is that still, somehow it is the same... ...Hopelessness and hope are the same. Itís a very thin line you donít see any more. I donít believe in that line between hopelessness and hope today.
Karel Appel quotes
I donít paint, I hit. (around 1958)
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