Karel Appel ‎– Musique Barbare

WVB ‎– 99954 DL
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Paysage Électronique
A2 Poème Barbare
B Le Cavalier Blanc



First edition on WVB label (Wereldvenster Baarn - The World's Window in Baarn, Holland).
Thick gatefold cover and book, some copies include an additional folder (about A3) with a lithograph by Appel, unnumbered and signed on plate, bearing the notice: "Enclosure. It is strictly forbidden to sell this litho separately from the album Musique Barbare"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 4 AA 99954 1L 1 6701
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): AA 099954 2L 1 6701
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Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
093 Karel Appel Musique Barbare(CDr, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) Creel Pone 093 US 2009 Sell This Version
SR420 Karel Appel Musique Barbare(CD, Album, RE) Sub Rosa SR420 Belgium 2016 Sell This Version
99954 DL Karel Appel Musique Barbare(LP, Album, Mono) Philips 99954 DL Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version
SRV420 Karel Appel Musique Barbare(LP, Album, RE, RM) Sub Rosa SRV420 Belgium 2016 Sell This Version
99954 Karel Appel Musique Barbare(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) WVB 99954 Netherlands 1963 Sell This Version



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September 19, 2017
“I paint like a savage – because we live in savage times.” Born in 1921 in the Netherlands, Karel Appel is probably one of the most famous and influential abstract expressionist painters in the world. Another favourite quote of the formidable painter was “I merely muck about”, but his art and its enduring desirability belie this modesty. Appel’s paintings are explosions of colours, shapes and lines, spontaneous energy released on the canvas. Even though his work has an abstract feel, his paintings are never truly abstract – they always feature recognizable shapes and figures. Appel studied in Amsterdam during WWII, which led to controversy after the war. When the Germans were defeated in 1945, Appel felt not only liberated from the German occupation, but also from all academic standards. This led in 1948 to the foundation of the Cobra art group (an acronym of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam), which revolutionized the world of art. No longer was figurative painting a must, no longer was tradition the basis of all art. This new generation of painters, writers and musicians were free to use their imagination, post-war energy and expression in any way they felt like - and they did. Even though Cobra is now revered as a hugely influential art genre, at the time the general public thought their works were merely childish rubbish, causing controversy at several Cobra exhibitions. In 1961 Dutch cineaste Jan Vrijman made a documentary about Appel, which featured the artist at work in his studio. For this film, Appel created the soundtrack, Musique Barbare, in studios in Utrecht and Hilversum. Like his paintings, the music was spontaneous and expressive, created by utilizing percussive instruments and electronic sound. On top of the flowing stream of energy Appel recited his theories on art – in his typical awkward English. The album was released on Philips in 1963 and came with a signed lithograph. Appel’s works are extremely collectable, and the LP is no exception. Most buyers of the album framed the lithograph and as a result it is almost always missing from the album. Luckily the album packaging is a piece of art in itself, featuring an oversized heavy cardboard book with many pictures of the recording. Appel left the Netherlands for New York, where he continued to create works. He died in 2006 in Switzerland, leaving us Musique Barbare as both an audio as a visual reminder of his great art.