Antoni Tapies Suite Catalana, Plate 2



Antoni Tapies, Suite Catalana, Plate 2, 1972
Aquatint on Guarro paper with watermark La Cometa
Signed and inscribed in pencil
29 4/5 × 39 3/5 in 75.7 × 100.5 cm
Edition of 75
Published by Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona


“If I can’t change the world, at least I want to change the way people look at it.” Antoni Tàpies

Over the course of his career in painting, printmaking, and etching, Antoni Tàpies has created his own lexicon of symbols and marks to help communicate the broad range of influences in his work including, most significantly, his Catalan roots, as well as his involvement with the Parisian intellectual scene of the 1950s, meeting exponents of Art informel like Jean Fautrier and Jean Dubuffet. Tàpies’s abstract paintings are made with expressive blends of impasto, gestural brush strokes, often backwards hand-written script, and common materials such as soil and marble dust.

Antoni Tapies, Suite Catalana, Plate 2, 1972

A major source of subject matter in Tapies’s work is the artist’s relation to Catalonia. In 1972 he published the Suite Catalana with Gustavo Gili of Barcelona. Tapies uses the structure of the Catalan flag to create a powerful visual statement of emotion and protest. Pictorial writing, explored variously in letters, words, crossmark “X” in numerous permutations. The frenzy of emotion is heightened by names from Catalan history and art strewn across the flaglike sheet.


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The Whisper Gallery has launched ICONS: Collection of Modern & Contemporary Prints from Warhol, Miró, Dalí, Lichtenstein, Bacon, Rauschenberg, Tàpies, Hepworth, Perry, Haring, Shrigley, Murakami.


29 4/5 × 39 3/5 in 75.7 × 100.5 cm


Aquatint in colours, 1972, on Guarro paper with watermark La Cometa


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