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Obituary: Spanish painter Antoni Tàpies, 88

Article published on Feb. 20, 2012
Article published on Feb. 20, 2012

The Catalan painter and sculptor once described his work as being 'philosophy with your hands'. He was by turns an abstract, self-taught, revolutionary and intellectul artist who claimed he was allergic to 'academic' art. Talent was his weapon against Spain's dictatorship under Franco. Without knowing it he became one of the best contemporary European figures in the twentieth century art world. However he did pass away in Barcelona on 6 February with the satisfaction of having contributed to the culture of Catalonia, a region he called his 'country'. His legacy is a more 'informalist' work which many have considered to be a 'true enigma'; he said it 'didn't need to be understood, but needed to be felt'. Watch a video of his mixed media works