(1923 - 2012)
Antoni Tapies was active/lived in Spain, France. Antoni Tapies is known for mixed-media modernist painting.
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Biography Antoni Tapies
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Spanish painter, Antonio Tapies, studied law from 1943-1946 at the
University of Barcelona before taking up painting. He was largely
self-taught and his early works had surrealist tendencies, resembling
the styles of both Joan Miro and Paul Klee.
During the mid 1950's, Tàpies' work shifted toward abstraction and he
started implementing mixed media into his work. It was with these
pieces that he gained notoriety. Tàpies started adding clay and marble
dust into his paints and moved on to include scraps of paper, strings,
and then more substantial objects like pieces of furniture. He put to
words his feelings regarding the commonplace of materials and their
value to artwork in his 1970 essay, "Nothing is Mean."
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