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Antoni Tàpies

Antoni Tàpies was a Spanish artist known for his mixed-media paintings that incorporated marble dust, found objects, and resin. Social themes run throughout his textured and tactile paintings, which were influenced by the environment of the wartime and the postwar state of the Spanish. Born on December 13, 1923 in Barcelona, Spain, he originally studied law while pursuing art, he became a friend of Joan Miró who was an integral influence on Tàpies’s early Surrealist work. Incorporating the marks of Paul Klee, Tàpies joined the Art Informel movement, as his work turned toward the abstract. He died on February 6, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. Today, his works are held in the Fundació Antoni Tàpies Museum in Barcelona, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid, among others.