Grand blanc à la cage, Antoni Tàpies
Antoni Tàpies
Grand blanc à la cage
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Antoni Tàpies

Grand blanc à la cage, 1965


Dimensions
195.0 x 130.0 cm
Physical Description
Mixed media on canvas, mounted on wood
Inventory Number
SG 1253
Acquisition
Acquired in 1980
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

We might assume that the bed is located in a hospital, a prison or an orphanage. The bedcover's cracked-looking surface, which resembles weathered plaster, and the black grid conjure up associations with a plank bed in a prison. Antoni Tàpies dispenses with the representation of a spatial situation; the legs of the bed, for example, are merely indicated by two round impressions. Like many other artists in the 1960s, Tàpies made everyday items the subject of his painting. They provided him with an excuse to work with widely differing materials, such as thick layers of plaster and sand, glue and paint, with which he repeatedly created exciting relationships between the object and the abstract form. Here, Tàpies has prominently scratched his monogram into the sheet and incorporated it into the composition - a formal aperçu which disconcertingly recalls the initials of Albrecht Dürer.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Grand blanc à la cage (Original Title)
Title Translation
Great White with Bedstead
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed media on canvas, mounted on wood
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert oberhalb der Mitte: A. T (ligiert)
Bezeichnet verso: Tàpies

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Comissió Tàpes / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1980

Work Content

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Last update

22.10.2020