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Antoni Tàpies was born in 1923 in Barcelona. His early work was influenced by the art of Max Ernst, Paul Klee and Joan Mirò, and by Eastern philosophy. He was exhibited for the first time in the controversial Salo d'Octubre in Barcelona in 1948. He soon began to develop a recognisable personal style related to matière painting, or Art Informel, a movement that focused on the materials of art-making and Tàpies freely adopted bits of detritus, earth and stone - mediums that evoke solidity and mass - in his large-scale works.

In 1950, his first solo show was held at the Galeries Laietanes, Barcelona, and he was included in the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. In that same year the French government awarded Tàpies a scholarship that enabled him to spend a year in Paris. During the 1950s and 1960s Tàpies exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and South America. In 1966 he began his collection of writings, 'La practica del art'. In 1969 he and the poet Joan Brossa published their book, 'Frègoli'; a second collaborative effort, 'Nocturn Matinal', appeared the following year. Tàpies received the Rubens Prize of Siegen, Germany in 1972.

Retrospective exhibitions were presented at the Musée National dArt Moderne, Paris in 1973, and at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York in 1977. The following year, he published his prize-winning autobiography, Memòria personal. In the early 1980s he continued diversifying his mediums, producing his first ceramic sculptures and designing sets for Jacques Dupins play L'Eboulement. By 1992, three volumes of the catalogue raisonné of Tàpies's work had been published. The following year, he and Cristina Iglesias represented Spain at the Venice Biennale, where his installation was awarded the Leone d'Oro. A retrospective exhibition was presented at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, and the Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, in 1994 to 1995.

Tàpies died on 6 February 2012 aged 88.

Artworks

Tàpies - Plate I from Derrière le Miroir - Tàpies

Plate I from Derrière le Miroir - Tàpies

1968

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Tàpies - Plate II from Derrière le Miroir - Tàpies

Plate II from Derrière le Miroir - Tàpies

1968

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Tàpies - Plate III from Derrière le Miroir - Tàpies

Plate III from Derrière le Miroir - Tàpies

1968

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Tàpies - Plate IV from Derrière le Miroir - Tàpies

Plate IV from Derrière le Miroir - Tàpies

1968

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Tàpies - Plate V from Derrière le Miroir - Tàpies

Plate V from Derrière le Miroir - Tàpies

1968

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Tàpies - Sans Titre

Sans Titre

c. 1995

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