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Painting in Brown and Black, Black Relief
  • Artist Antoni Tàpies (Spanish, 1923 - 2012)
  • TitlePainting in Brown and Black, Black Relief
  • Dating 1960
  • Technique/MaterialOil and sand on canvas
  • Dimensions130 x 97 cm
  • AcquisitionPurchase, 1961
  • CategoryOil painting
  • Inventory NumberGKM 1577
  • Rights and ReproductionAntoni Tàpies/BUS 2014©
  • Display StatusNot shown in the museum
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Antoni Tàpies, perhaps Spains most influential artist during the post-war era, lived and worked in Barcelona. His father was a lawyer and Nationalist who worked for a brief period in the Spanish government. At the age of seventeen, Tàpies suffered a heart attack caused by tuberculosis. The two years of convalescence that followed awakened his interest in literature and art. He studied at the German School in Barcelona. After three years studying law, he devoted himself wholly to art from 1943 onwards.

In 1948, Tàpies joined with other Catalan artists to form the group Dau al Set (Catalan for ‘the seventh side of the die’), who followed in the wake of Dadaism and Surrealism. Inspiration for his brand of Arte Informale he found in Joan Miró and Jean Dubuffet. Tàpies’s abstract paintings are characterized by heavy impasto in which the colour is occasionally mixed with clay or marble dust, creating a roughly textured surface. The Gothenburg Museum of Art has Painting in Brown and Black, Black Relief, a work dominated by reddish-brown and black scored fields, as well as a distinct shape in the painting’s lower edge, resembling an opening.

Kristoffer Arvidsson 2014