Portrait of Emmanuel Looten, Karel Appel
Karel Appel
Portrait of Emmanuel Looten
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Karel Appel

Portrait of Emmanuel Looten, 1956


Dimensions
146.0 x 114.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1262
Acquisition
Acquired in 1987
Status
On display

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About the Work

We are confronted with a larger-than-life explosion of Emmanuel Lootens’s head in yellows, blues, whites and reds. Karel Appel’s portrait of his Belgian poet friend is part of the series ‘Têtes d’otages’ (hostage heads). In one excessive and rushed painting, the intense facial expression has been fixed on the canvas. The inky black background and the colour bulging at the edges of the painting form a sharp contrast with the colours of the head and thus increase its brilliance. The dominant red emphasises the sitter’s fiery character and vitality.

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Title
Portrait of Emmanuel Looten
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Appel 56

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© K. Appel Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acquired in 1987

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20.08.2019