in 1923, Barcelona
He gave up law studies to devote himself entirely to
painting. He befriended several artist and writers,
especially those who founded “Dau el Set” magazine,
out of which arose surrealist group of the same name.
at the time, was producing paintings with international
literary content of an existentialist kind; but in his
heart, Tapies was hankering after adventure in painting,
after what he was to describe as a “leap into space”.
So, since he also wished to free his painting from his
literary commitment, he launched upon the adventure of
own particular brand of non-formalism contained some
elements of “mystery”, in which material substances
played a decisive role.
could safely claim that Tapies was laying foundations of
the second avant-grade in Spain.
last phase constitutes full recuperation of his freedom.
Then he painted totally unhampered by any kind of
has held exhibitions in the most important cities of the
world and has been awarded some of the highest prizes
including one at Venice Biennial 1958, International
Guggenheim, “Carnegie” of Pittsburgh, …