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Black, white and red
Original title: Negre, blanc i vermell
1984
Mixed media on canvas
Dimensions: 200 x 276 cm
Reference: ACF0276
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In the eighties Tàpies made a decisive return to the path of painting, and his compositions no longer had the rigid orthogonal layout of some of his earlier works: silent, dramatic spaces began to take shape in structures treated with great freedom. In those empty atmospheres, with their disturbing movement and spectral lights, enigmatic presences with a certain figurative quality drawn from gesture and material emerge. In the work Negre, blanc i vermell the dreamlike magic of the Dau al Set period is stripped of details on expressionist surfaces; the material is furrowed by subtle incisions, where a series of motifs with a complex structure of meaning are outlined. They are symbols with strong metaphorical overtones, forms that respond to a gesture that springs from the harshest void or a mental space in which material is immersed in the intrinsic quality of its own essence. In his work we recurrently find forms with multiple meanings: crosses, letters, words, triangles, doors, tables, chairs, eyeglasses, beds, footprints, human limbs—images of objects and symbols or images of objects as symbols that evoke and suggest the theme of death, illness and sex, or symbolise a denunciation of political oppression. The relations established with the artist’s biography by those forms, with their ancestral, everyday quality, are fundamental to unravelling the enigma.

Other artworks in the Collection by the same artist Other artworks in the Collection by the same artist

  • Grey with Black Lines, No. XXXIII / 1955

  • Sheet with Orange Stain / 1974

  • Tribes / 1949

  • Great White without Matter / 1965

  • Black and Ochre in Blackboard Form / 1966

  • Foot and Cross / 1991

  • X and Two Strips of Cloth T-6657-91 / 1991

  • Make-up / 1998

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