Cats Portfolio – a series of 17 lithographs by Dutch artist Christian Karel Appel – joined the Mead’s collection in 1979.
Karel Appel is one of the founding members of the CoBrA movement (CoBrA = Copenhagen + Brussels + Amsterdam). Appel is considered one of the most important modern artists of the 20th century for his innovative use of color.
“My paint tube is like a rocket which describes its own space. I try to make the impossible possible. What is happening I cannot forsee; it is a surprise. Painting, like passion, is an emotion full of truth and rings a living sound–like the roar coming from the lion’s breast.”-Karel Appel