People, Birds and Sun

People, Birds and Sun, 1954, Appel, Tate Collection, London
People, Birds and Sun, 1954, Appel, Tate Collection, London

People, Birds and Sun, 1954 was painted by Karel Appel and is held in the Tate Collection, London, UK

This painting was made after the dispersal of the CoBrA group, but it demonstrates the artist's continuing commitment to the ideals of expressive, spontaneous painting. Appel worked with the paint at high speed and with no preconceived scheme, turning the large canvas around from time to time. The figurative elements were added last. Their appearance recalls the naivety of paintings made by children, whose untrained and unadulterated approach was much admired by CoBrA artists.

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