Antoni Tàpies i Puig

Important Late 20th Century Catalan Abstract Artist

Antoni Tàpies was a Catalan painter, sculptor and art theorist, who was a great exponent of informalism and is considered one of the most important Catalan painters of the 20th century.

Antoni Tàpies i Puig was born in Barcelona on December 13th 1923 and was a mainly self-taught artist, who as part of the avantguard combined tradition and innovation in an abstract style full of symbolism. 

Tàpies' work received a great deal of international recognition and he held exhibitions at most of the major art museums around the world. 

Throughout his life, he received many prizes and awards including the Wolf Prize in Arts (1981), the Gold Medal of the Generalitat of Catalonia (1983), the Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes (1990), the Picasso Medal from UNESCO (1993) and the Premio Velázquez de Artes Plásticas (2003).

In recognition of his artistic career, King Juan Carlos I of Spain bestowed the title of First Marquis of Tàpies on him on April 9th 2010.

The great Catalan painter Joan Miró said of him that "The work of Antoni Tàpies is within the tradition of those explosions that happen every now and again in our country and move many dead things. He's authentically Barcelona with universal irradiation. For this reason he deserves all my admiration."

I have to admit that this kind of art is not really to my taste but have included Tàpies because he was so well-known.

I have to admit is responsible for some of Barcelona's iconic images of the later 20th century, such as his 1971 piece, L'esperit Català, or his 1990 Les quatre cròniques, both of which are shown below.

Antoni Tàpies died in Barcelona on February 6th 2012 and his Fundació Antoni Tàpies, which is on Carrer Aragó in the Eixample in Barcelona, is dedicated to his memory as well as putting on other exhibitions.







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