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Antoni Tapies original engraving entitled «Eye». Antoni Tapies Fnúñez
Etching. Antoni Tapies original engraving.
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Antoni Tàpies Antoni Tàpies was born in Barcelona in 1923 into a middle class family, educated and Catalan, involved since the mid-nineteenth century publishing and book a tradition to wake up very early in the artist a love books and reading.

This bias is exacerbated by the long convalescence from a lung disease, during which he began his artistic scores. Tàpies progressively more intensely devoted to drawing and painting, and ends up leaving his law studies to devote himself fully to his passion. In the forties and exhibits his works, which highlight the artistic panorama of the moment.

Engaged in an awareness of the artists that affects both sides of the Atlantic, following World War II and the launching of the atomic bomb, Antoni Tàpies soon expressed an interest in the matter, soil, dust, atoms and particles, which is expressed formally in the use of materials foreign to academic artistic expression and experimentation… The matter paintings form a substantial part of the work of Tàpies and provide a project that continues to unfold today. Tàpies believes that the notion of matter should also be understood from the perspective of medieval mysticism and magic, mimesis and alchemy. In this sense, one must understand the artist's desire that his works gain the power to transform ourselves.

During the fifties and sixties, Antoni Tàpies will develop a series of images, usually drawn from their immediate environment, which will appear at different stages of its evolution. Often, the same image, in addition to appearing represented in various ways, have many different meanings that will be superimposed. His message focuses on the revaluation of what is considered low, repulsive, material (not in vain Tàpies often chooses subjects traditionally considered unpleasant and fetishistic, like a defecating anus, a left shoe, an armpit, foot and others).

Also the work of Antoni Tàpies has always been susceptible to political events and social changes. In the late sixties and early seventies, the political commitment against the dictatorship was intensified, and the works of this period have a marked character of complaint and protest. Coinciding with the emergence of arte povera in Europe and the U. S. Posminimalismo, Tàpies emphasizes its work with objects, not showing them as they are, but their mark and incorporating them into their language. In the early eighties, once restored the rule of law in Spain, Tàpies interest to support the fabric takes on a renewed strength. During those years, has created works with foam rubber or the spray technique, using paints and creates objects and sculptures in clay chamotte or bronze, and is very active in the field of graphic art. Moreover, in the late eighties, seems strengthened Tàpies interest for oriental culture, a concern which had already been developing in the postwar years and is increasingly becoming a fundamental philosophical influence in his work because of its emphasis on the material, the identity between man and nature and denial of dualism in our society. Similarly, Tàpies is attracted by a new generation of scientists capable of supporting a vision of the universe who understands the matter as a whole, subject to change and constant training.

The works of recent years are a reflection on the pain-physical and spiritual, seen as an integral part of life. Influenced by Buddhist thought, Tàpies believes that increased knowledge of pain can soften its effect and thereby improve the quality of life. Over time, it has been a constant in the work of Tàpies, now takes on new shades, to be experienced as a personal experience that involves a better self and a clearer understanding of the world around him. In recent years, Antoni Tàpies has established an artistic language on the one hand, reflects artistically his conception of art, and second, a renewed philosophical concerns over time. Her artistic practice is still permeable to the brutality of this, while offering a way that, despite its softness, remains faithful to its origins. In this sense, the works of recent years are not only inscribed in the contemporary, but also a past record of the artist.

Along with the paintings and objects, Tàpies has been developing since 1947 an intense activity in the field of graphic art. In this regard, it is worth noting that the artist has made a number of folders and bibliophile editions in close collaboration with poets and writers such as Alberti, Bonnefoy, Du Bouchet, Brodsky, Brossa, Daive, Dupin, Foix, Frémon, Gimferrer, Guillén, Jabès, Mestres Quadreny, Mitscherlich, Peace, Saramago, Takiguchi, Ullán, Valente and Zambrano, among others.

Also Antoni Tàpies has developed a task essayist who has led a number of publications, some translated into different languages: The practice of art (1971), anti-aesthetic art (1977), Personal Memory (1983), The reality as art. For a modern and progressive art (1989), art and places (1999) and Value of Art (2001).
Antoni Tapies original engraving entitled «Eye»
Art by Independent Artists,  Prints,  Engravings
Author: Antoni Tapies
61 x  45 cm  /   24 x  17.7 in
Themes: Abstract  /   Authenticity / Provenance: Original  /   Artists types: Gallery artists  /   Mounting: On Wood  /   Period: Contemporary  /  
Posted: march 16, 2011 / Modified: march 18, 2015
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Antoni Tapies original engraving entitled «Eye»
1,300 €  923 £  1,482 $ 
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