Self-portret, oilpainting – 1960

While Spain was being dominated by fascist dictator Franco, Saura painted excruciating imaginary portraits. Fighting against a long disease, his paintings provide a means to express his suffering. Antonio Saura was a radical socialist who continually battled against an unjust world. His self-portret was created in the middle of a battlefield where various hues of grey clash with black. As an abstract expressionist, Saura represents European informal art.