Antoni Tàpies was born in Barcelona in 1923. He began experimenting with art when he was 17, confined to a sanatorium due to long illness. He then decided, against his family's wishes, to go on to study art and litterature instead of the planned law degree. By the 1940's his works were being widely exhibited. In the late 1960's and early 1970's Tàpies political commitment in opposition to the dictatorship in Spain deepened, and his work from this particular period of time have a sense of protest. The works of his last years has been interpretated to be a reflextion of both physical and spiritual pain, which he regarded to be an integral part of life. Tàpies died in February 2012.
Tàpies created a number of paintings and objects, but was also a prolific graphic artist, producing prints and books.
His works are included in major public collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection and MoMA, New York, Tate, London and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Dehli, India.
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