When I was young I once found a book in a Dutch translation, 'The leaves of Grass'. It was the first time a book touched me by its feeling of freedom and open spaces, the way the poet spoke of the ocean by describing a drop of water in his hand. Walt Whitman was offering the world an open hand (now we call it democracy) and my 'Monument for Walt Whitman' became this open hand with mirrors, so you can see inside yourself.
p. 93 'Quotes', K. Appel (1989)quote is referring to his art-work 'Monument for Walt Whitman', dedicated to the American poet
I don’t paint, I hit.Karel Appel
My brush-strokes start in nothing and they end in nothing, and in-between you find the image.Karel Appel
Every day I have to be awake to escape.. ..The whole world is sleepy. It is a real fight to be awake, to see everything new, for the first time in your life.Karel Appel
I’m not a pessimist. Maybe I don’t have a primitive feeling of happiness, that is true. Sometimes my color is happy but not the expression.Karel Appel