141. Karel Appel

Karel Appel
(1921-2006)
Portrait of Gustav Mahler (1982)
Signed and dated '82 lower left
Signed, titled Study of a “Portrait of Gustav Mahler” and dated 1982 on the stretcher
Oil on canvas, 189.8 x 189.9 cm
Provenance:
– Galerie de France, Paris
– Auction Francis Briest, Paris, November 30, 1991, lot 24
– Auction Christie's, London, 27 June 2002, lot 50
– Auction Christie's, London, February 7, 2008, lot 194
– Auction Christie's, Amsterdam, November 30, 2010, lot 100
– Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Exhibited:
– Gimpel Fils, London, Karel Appel New Work, October 4 – October 29, 1983
– Galerie de France, Paris, Karel Appel Portraits, June 14 – July 30, 1988 (illustrated in the exhibition leaflet)
Note:
Karel Appel found immense inspiration in music, leading him to create numerous portraits of musicians he held in high regard. Gustav Mahler's music is saturated with profound emotional expression, as he utilized it as a vehicle to convey intricate human emotions and experiences. Mahler's symphonies frequently exhibit a robust emotional narrative.
Expressing his artistic aspirations, Appel states: “I aimed to paint in a manner akin to their musical creation, incorporating bold accents”. Notable figures like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, and Count Basie sought out Appel's studio to be immortalized in his portraits.

Estimate
€ 30.000 - 50.000
Hammer amount
€ 28.000