Spanish, 1923 — 2012
Catalan artist Antoni Tapies’s paintings, sculptures, prints, lithographs and ceramics attest to his intense working of the material. His experiments and world of signs, in which the cross is prominent, established him as one of the 20th century’s leading artists.
Breaking with Franco's academicism and influenced by Dadaist and Surrealist movements, he created the Dau al Set movement in the early 1940s. A forerunner of Arte Povera, he introduces non-painting materials such as dust, paper and clay into his works, to the point of creating a real relief on the canvas, sometimes resembling a sculpture.
Represented in the Pinault Collection, Antoni Tápies' work will be shown for the first time at the “Au-delà de la couleur” (“Beyond Colour”) exhibition at the Couvent des Jacobins in Rennes in June 2021.