b. 1923
- d. 2012
  • Spain
Turnover 2023
$USD 396.169.100
Record Sale
$USD 2.387.420
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Despite his law studies at the University of Barcelona, he followed his artistic passion and pursued painting and drawing at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de Sant Jordi. His early works often featured everyday materials and objects, a hallmark of his involvement with the Art Informel movement. These pieces, marked by textured surfaces and muted colors, evoked a sense of introspection and conveyed the raw emotions of post-war Europe. In the 1950s, Tàpies’ distinctive style emerged, marked by his innovative use of materials.

He incorporated found objects, mixed media elements and unconventional materials such as sand, marble dust into his paintings. Tàpies’ involvement with the artistic and cultural context of Catalonia played an important role in his work. He embraced his Catalan heritage and often integrated symbols and motifs from his culture into his art, creating a visual language that resonated deeply with local and international audiences. His artistic evolution continued with explorations of abstraction, symbolism, and political commentary. Tàpies’ contributions to the art world went beyond his creations; he was also a prolific writer and philosopher. His works are housed in prestigious collections and museums around the world, including the Antoni Tàpies Foundation in Barcelona, created by the artist himself in 1984.


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Antoni TAPIES (1923-2012)
Gran ocra amb incisions (1961)

Mixed media/canvas/wood
260 x 195 cm

London, United Kingdom
Post-War and Contemporary Art – Evenning Auction, 01 jul 2014

Lot # 58
Hammer price: $ 2,387,420
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 2,814,598
Estimate: $ 682,120 – $ 1,023,180

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