Antonio Saura

1930 - 1998
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Antonio Saura, "Portrait de brigitte Bardot nº5", 1959 oil on canvas 130 x 97,2 cm

Antonio Saura (Huesca, September 22, 1930 – Cuenca, July 22, 1998) was a Spanish self-taught artist and writer, and one of the major post-war painters to emerge in Spain in the fifties. His paintings from the early fifties were strongly influenced by surrealism. In Paris, between 1954 and 56, started experimenting with abstraction. In 1956 abandoned pure abstraction and centered his work in the representation of the female figure with very gestual and violent brushstrokes and the use, almost exclusively, of colours black and White. In 1957 he founded the El Paso Group with other artists like Millares, Serrano, Canogar and Feito.