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date: 15 December 2019

Tàpies, Antoni or Antoniolocked

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Spanish, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 13 December 1923, in Barcelona. Died 6 February 2012, in Barcelona.

Painter (including mixed media), collage artist, engraver, illustrator, sculptor, assemblage artist, ceramicist. Murals, architectural integration, designs for mosaics, stage sets.

Dau al Set (Seven-faced Die) Group.

After the long period, from the beginning of the Spanish Civil War to the end of World War II, during which manifestations of avant-garde art were practically forbidden in Spain, Antoni Tàpies became the first Spanish painter to achieve international reputation and give young Spanish artists the impetus that would allow them to take over from the generation of Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, and Joan Miró. While a student, he had begun to show an interest in modern art and experimented with drawing and painting, although he had received no formal training. He began studying law in 1943 but continued to paint, abandoning law in 1946. In 1948, with a group of Barcelona writers and painters, he collaborated to the ...

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