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Antoni Tàpies, b.1923

Empreintes de Pas1975

Antoni Tàpies was born in Barcelona and studied law before turning to visual art. His youthful experiences of the Spanish Civil War in Barcelona had a deep and lasting effect on him. Tàpies began to paint in 1946 and commented that even then his work had something of graffiti and protest of the streets in it. He was a founder member of the Dau al Set group between 1948 and 1951 during their Surrealist phase, but began to make collages in the early 1950s. During the 1950s he also began to travel, to Paris, the Netherlands, England and the United States. He is most associated with Arte Povera, constructing art from discarded materials such as rags, cardboard, torn canvases and string, making marks on them which, he argued, did not require an artistic education to comprehend. ‘Empreintes de Pas’, incorporating as it does one of the most primal of all ‘prints’, is a perfect embodiment of this principle.

Dimensions 90.8 x 62.3 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
EditionEdition 49/75
Item NumberIMMA.390 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Antoni Tàpies, Empreintes de Pas, 1975, Screenprint, 90.8 x 62.3 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Antoni Tàpies 1923–2012

Spanish artist Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012) studied law at Barcelona University before deciding to become a full-time artist. From the late 1940s Tàpies experimented with unconventional materials such as ground chalk, earth and dust in his collage-based paintings. By the end of the next decade he had established himself as one of the most innovative painters associated with Art Informel, a form of European Abstract Expressionism. Tàpies exhibited internationally from the 1950s. His work is represented in major public and private collections worldwide. In 1984, The Fundació Antoni Tàpies was opened by the artist in his native Barcelona.
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