Christiaan Karel Appel, born April 25th, 1921, was a multi disciplined Dutch artist. Appel was a talented painter, sculptor, and poet. Appel began painting at the age of fourteen and attended the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in the 1940s. Appel was one of the founders of the 1948 avant-garde movement CoBrA. Appel's talent as a sculptor achieved international fame, having works featured in MoMA and other museums worldwide. Appel derived much inspiration from primitive art and children’s drawings.