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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 1979.10.1.6
Object Name Print
Description "Sad Cat," from the "Cats" Suite, 1978, color lithograph by Karel Appel.
Part of a set of dealer's proofs in an edition of 15, and probably pulled before the edition of 125. In pencil on the bottom left of the prints is written the dealer's proof number (H.C. XIII/XV), with the dealer's inventory number (148.904) on the bottom right rear corner.
All the prints are signed "Appel" in pencil below the image, in the bottom right hand corner.

Label from The Collector's Eye (2014):
Sad Cat, 1978
Karel Appel (1921–2006), Dutch
Color lithograph
Gift of Howard Weissman, 1979.10.1.6

Karel Appel helped to found CoBrA, an artistic move-ment that embraced complete freedom of color and form and rejected rationalist Western thought in the wake of the destruction of World War II. The name incorporates the first letters of the founders’ cities: Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam.

Shelving their “faith in reason” post–war, these artists were inspired by so–called primitive art and naïve children’s drawings. Appel’s “Cat” series of lithographs embraces these qualities with its child–like character, aggressive paint strokes, and thick, bright colors, and reflects his career-long interest in animals as subjects.
Title Sad Cat, from the Cats Suite
Date 1978
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Appel, Karel
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique color lithograph
Dimensions H-24.82 W-32.3 inches
Credit line Gift of Howard Weissman
Place of Origin Europe/France/Paris
Subjects Cats
CoBrA
Avant-garde
Color
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