I think a work of art should perplex the viewer, make them meditate on the meaning of life.
Antoni Tàpies was born in Barcelona in 1923. He began as a self-taught artist and left his university studies because of his growing interest in drawing and painting. During this period his work received the influence of artists like Joan Miró, Paul Klee and Max Ernst, the oniric world, Surrealism, oriental philosophies, and the work of Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre.
He introduced in his work geometrical elements and colour studies giving, and also gave great importance to the medium and strong textures. Tàpies creates an intense texture on the canvas, with strong expressiveness. With these works in the 50’s, Tàpies started to achieve an international recognition.
From the 1960s he began to incorporate new iconographic elements and technical procedures. The gesture, the stain, the colour or the transparency are dominant elements of his painting. His work develops his own language, a very recognizable iconography with an enormous plasticity.