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Antoni Tàpies
Retrat de Joan Brossa
Portrait of Joan Brossa
1950 - 1970
Retrat de Joan Brossa bears witness to the strong friendship that existed between the artists Joan Brossa and Antoni Tàpies. The painting, exhibited for the first time in 1952 at Galeries Laietanes in Barcelona, was part of Joan Brossa's private collection and then the collection of the Joan Brossa Foundation, before it was acquired by MACBA in 2012. The work is a figurative portrait that corresponds to two different moments in Tàpies' career. Around 1950, he painted a portrait of his friend against a dark brown, almost monochromatic background that merges into the brown of the jacket he is wearing. Twenty years later, in 1970, he modified the painting. It was probably then that he added the inscription in chalk with the date (1950-1970), along with some geometric symbols and a doodle. He also added a sponge painted the same brown colour, at heart height. Although Tàpies had made numerous portraits when he was starting out his pictorial career in the forties and fifties, over time he abandoned this genre and went on to develop his material paintings, eventually becoming one of the leading exponents of Informalism. By the time he returned to the portrait of Brossa, his visual language was fully developed, and his works already incorporated 'poor objects' and materials from his immediate surroundings.
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original title
Retrat de Joan Brossa
year of acquisition
2011
type of object
Painting
dimensions
67 x 56 x 6 cm
Copyright
© Comissió Tàpies, VEGAP, Barcelona
registration number
R.4821
date
1950 - 1970
fonds
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
media
Oil, chalk and natural sponge on canvas
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Joan Brossa Fund. Long-term loan of Fundació Joan Brossa
original title
Retrat de Joan Brossa
registration number
R.4821
date
1950 - 1970
year of acquisition
2011
fonds
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
type of object
Painting
media
Oil, chalk and natural sponge on canvas
dimensions
67 x 56 x 6 cm
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Joan Brossa Fund. Long-term loan of Fundació Joan Brossa
Copyright
© Comissió Tàpies, VEGAP, Barcelona
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