oil, collage of objects on board
100,3 x 70,5 cm (39 1/2 x 27 3/4 in.)
signed and dated lower right
Reliefs and assemblages were always an important part of Karel Appel's work. In the USA, this important branch of his work was influenced by Pop Art, but also Minimal Art and Performance Art, and is directly reflecting Appel’s interest in Dada. Appel himself testifies how important the work on his assemblages was to him from the start: “One of my first sculptures was made of bicycle parts. I was living at that time in a attic in the red light section of Amsterdam. I started to work without any specific materials. I was looking in the street like when I was a young boy, in the garbage cans, for ropes, wires, and paint. Years later I saw an exhibition of Kurt Schwitters at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam curated by Willem Sandberg and there I saw the real 'objet trouvé'; until then I had never heard about it. Schwitters was a shattering experience.” His “Indian” from 1963 shows all of these elements and impressively combines Appel's gestural-expressive painting with his sculptural work, which was especially shaped by Pop Art.