Antoni Tàpies

1923 - 2012
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Antoni Tàpies, "Pintura grisa-verda", 1955 mixed media on canvas 39 x 61 cm
Antoni Tàpies, "Maqueta de la cubierta del catálogo de la exposición Tàpies. Foundation Du Chateau de Jau", 1981 acrylic, shellac, pencil on paper 25,5 x 44,3 cm
Antoni Tàpies, "Untitled", 1975 oil, pastel and pencil on paper 76 x 56 cm
Antoni Tàpies, "Maqueta de una de las litografías del álbum 'Als mestres de Catalunya'", 1974 acrylic, pencil on paper 78 x 60,5 cm

Antoni Tàpies i Puig (Barcelona, 13 December 1923 – 6 February 2012) was a Catalan painter, sculptor and art theorist, who became one of the most famous European ‘informalist’ artists of his generation. His beginnings were, like that of many artists of his generation, influenced by surrealism. His works from the ‘Dau al Set’ (1948-1951) period are very representative of this. He would son start creating his well known ‘matter paintings’ in which he would use a wide variety of materials, specially marble dust. His works were filled with signs, numbers, and words that often offered a clear political message. In 1990, The Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona opened its doors.