HUGH KAPPEL

 

 

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$2,200 Beach Party as Usual signed 1976 oil on canvas 40" x 60" #UP53

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$150 Homage to Braque signed 1961 collage 12.5" x 10"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$375 Untitled signed 1956 ink 13.25" x 10.5"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$140 Children's Game signed collage 11" x 21.75"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$175 Street Scene signed drawing 9.5" x 13"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$175 Vegetation mixed media 8.5" x 12.5" #W18

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$150 After signed collage 13.5" x 10" #W5

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$450 Abstract A signed 1954 acrylic on paper 16" x 20" #W(a)

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$145 Blue, Yellow, Green mixed media 11" x 7.5" #W17

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$135 Femina signed collage 9" x 12" #W9

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$125 Ascension signed 1980 collage 7" x 11" #W28

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$225 Flowers & Black Background mixed media 8.5" x 9" #W16

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$175 ... III signed 1965 collage 10" x 8" #W21

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$350 Portrait of a Child signed 1951 charcoal drawing 23" x 17.5" #P11

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$450 Abstract B signed 1954 acrylic on paper 16" x 20" #W(b)

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$250 Untitled signed 1955 ink 12.5" x 9.5" #W8

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$225 Pasto Fini Miase (Italy) signed 1936 watercolor 10" x 12" #V32

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$650 Nazi Double Murder 1969 oil on canvas 28" x 22" #V45

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$225 Untitled (Houses) signed 1937 watercolor 9" x 11" #V31

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$300 Happening Streetscene (abstract) signed 1966 charcoal drawing #R44 22" x 17"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$475 The Church Tree, Paris signed 1935 oil on canvas 24" x 18" #G43

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$225 Calvi Coona signed 1937 watercolor 9" x 13" #V34

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$225 Porotisse Nore signed 1936 watercolor 10" x 13" #V46

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$250 Above the Hudson, Grandview, New York signed watercolor 14" x 19.5" #V50

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$90 Beach signed 1934 (on back) watercolor 6.5" x 8.5" #G47

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$165 Untitled oil pastel 8.5" x 8" #G52

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$1,500 Death Camp signed, 1966 oil on canvas 26" x 38" #R41

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

$125 U.S. Accident Production and Experimentation signed ... K March 1964 #G51 collage 11" x 15"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Female Portrait signed 1941 oil on board 16" x 13" #G42

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Caloi Cosika signed 1937 watercolor 10.5" x 13" #V33

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Abstract Landscape signed, c. 1936 watercolor 7.5" x 10" #G49

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Near "Potofino Mare" Italy signed 1936 watercolor 5" x 9"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD You! signed 1965 collage 10.25" x 8.25" #W35

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Untitled signed 1955 ink 10" x 4.75 #G25

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD My Uncle or Silence of the Infinite Spaces signed 1965 collage #W26 7" x 10.5"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Woman Shopping signed watercolor 14.25" x 11.75" #W36

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Still Life (Paris) signed 1936 watercolor 13" x 10"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Untitled (Blue, Yellow, Green) mixed media 12" x 8"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Untitled Abstract signed gouache 18" x 22.5"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Untitled mixed media 11.5" x 9.5"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Green, Black, Red mixed media 6.5" x 7"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Ocean Floor signed watercolor 6" x 10"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Cats and Rabbits signed verso mixed media 10" x 10"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Orange Circles signed verso 1939 mixed media 8.5" x 12.5"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Karfreitag signed 1936 watercolor 7" x 10"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Three Vines signed verso 1939 mixed media 8.75" x 11.75"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Abstract signed 1955 watercolor 11" x 18.5"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Blue, Yellow Blue, Red Blue signed watercolor 10" x 13.5"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Campbell Soup signed 1964 collage 9" x 6"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Male Portrait signed graphite drawing 6" x 3.5"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD West Broadway, New York City signed, 1946 oil on canvas 38" x 28"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Chateau in Winter signed watercolor 7" x 9.5"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Snow Capped Mountains signed watercolor 7" x 9.5"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Roadway signed 1962 collage 8.5" x11"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Homage to Joseph Cornell signed 1967 collage 11.5" x 7.5"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Florida signed collage 8.5" x 9"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Blastoff signed 1963 collage 12.5" x 9.5"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD The Gate signed 1963 pen and ink and collage 10" x 9"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Portrait signed oil on canvas 27" x 22"

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Hugh Kappel
Hugh Kappel

SOLD Abstract signed 1950 watercolor and pastel 16" x 13"

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Hugh Kappel (1910 - 1982)

Hugh Kappel was born in Berlin, Germany in 1910 to a wealthy Jewish family.  His family’s affluence enabled him to receive an excellent education as well as strong artistic training when he was young.  He received an M.A. in philosophy, a discipline that became his lifelong passion.

In 1934, Kappel moved to Paris to further his artistic training.  He studied under the Fauvist artist Othon Friesz, which had a profound influence of his understanding of color throughout his career.  He exhibited at the Galerie Niveau in 1935 which also showcased work by some of the most influential artists of the 20th century including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Paul Klee.

Kappel continued his studies at the Academic Ranson with Marcel Gromaire.  He went on to exhibit regularly in Paris at the Salon d’Autumn, Galerie Carmine, and the Salon des Artistes Francais.  His work was well received and he began to mature his style with elements of Cubism and Fauvism.  He left France and emigrated to New York City in 1937 to escape the growing Fascist movement in France.

Kappel began by designing sets on Broadway and was also enrolled at the New School for Social Research and the Traphagen School of Design.  He was introduced to a new, non-objective style of painting that was brewing in New York City and became known as Abstract Expressionism.  His style became more fluid and spontaneous with beautiful gestural brushstrokes that evoked an expressionist style.  He no long imitated traditional European artistic aesthetics and developed his own unique style.  He was part of the landmark 9th Street Exhibition of 1951 and his paintings were shown with artworks by Jackson Pollock, Helen Franenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Hans Hofmann, and several other Abstract Expressionist masters.

Kappel moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1958 and taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  He continued to exhibit his work in Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center.

 

His life spanned much of the 20th century and thus it also encompassed various artistic movements.  His earliest work focused on portraiture, naturalistic and unadorned.  Subsequently, a blend of both German expressionism and French impressionism guided his work in watercolors, capturing a bold balance of nature and urban life.  In New York, he engaged in print-making, his technique applied to the commercial assignments of the day.  Much later, his collages reflect postmodern pastiche effects, but his work was also deeply influenced by his abiding belief in surrealism.  Hence, his collages, perhaps most honestly, reflect the restrained chaos of his internal life.