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Ha!, 1999

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160.5 x 120 cm
63.19 x 47 in






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Varnish and pencil on paper.

About the Artists

1923 , Spain

Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona, 1923-2012) Antoni Tàpies’ first artistic attempts began during a long convalescence following a serious illness, after which his increasing dedication to painting and drawing led him to abandon his university education. By the 1940s, he was already exhibiting work that distinguished him among the artistic scene of the moment. Co-founder of the magazine Dau al Set in 1948, and influenced by Miró and Klee, he became increasingly interested in iconographic and magical subjects. He gradually began to incorporate geometrical elements and colour studies leading to an interest in matter through the use of heavily textured canvases of great expressive and communicative possibilities. With these works, Tàpies achieved international recognition by the mid-1950s. In the 1960s, he began incorporating new iconographic elements (writing, signs, anthropomorphic elements, footprints and references to the Catalan situation), and new technical methods (new surfaces, use of everyday objects and varnish). Tàpies’ pictorial language has continued to develop ever since, resulting in a creative and productive body of work that is admired throughout the world.

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Paris, 13, rue de Téhéran

The gallery’s original founding by Aimé Maeght in 1945 saw the presentation of great artists like Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti, Antoni Tàpies, Francis Bacon and Eduardo Chillida. After Maeght’s death in 1981, the gallery adopted its current name and structure with directors and equal shareholders Jacques Dupin, Dani...

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