Antoni Tàpies - Exhibition view, 2012 © Galería Elvira González

Antoni Tàpies

Antoni Tàpies at his studio © Carles Mercader

Barcelona, Spain, 1923 - Barcelona, Spain, 2012
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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 had influences of Joan Miró, Paul Klee and Max Ernst, the oniric and the Surrealism as well as oriental philosophies and Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre.

He introduced in his work geometrical elements and colour studies giving  also great importance to the medium and to strong  textures. Tàpies creates an intense texture on the canvas with strong expressiveness. With these works in the 50’s, Tàpies started an international recognition.

From the 1960s he incorporates new iconographic elements and new technical procedures. The gesture, the stain, the colour or the transparency are the dominant elements of his painting. His work develops his own language of a very recognizable iconography with an enormous plasticity.

Works

Antoni Tàpies, Imatges i diari, 1985
200 x 250 cm | 78 ¾ x 98 ½ in
Mixed media on wood

Antoni Tàpies, Imatges i diari, 1985
200 x 250 cm | 78 ¾ x 98 ½ in
Mixed media on wood