Antoni Tàpies, mixed media, 1978
Antoni Tàpies is one of the pioneers of Spanish post-war art. After a short-lived influence of surrealism, he focused more on matter painting full of symbolism. He researched the characteristics of objects and materials he processed, often extracted from nature. An Arte Povera character is also characteristic of his oeuvre through the use of existing materials that are assigned a deeper meaning. With his work he took a critical stance and expressed dissatisfaction with the censorship that he and his contemporaries experienced, but always very subtle. The political-social context of his time therefore consisted largely of wars and the subsequent dictatorship of Franco.
‘Flocat Gris’ proves his use of earthly materials and unconventional techniques. With a typical mystical visual language, he conveys an emotional atmosphere that glorifies the profane existence.
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