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LOT 120

Lot 120

Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012)

Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012)
Lot 120 Details
Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012), Spanish


Lithograph; signed and numbered 11/50 in pencil to margin, titled and dated to gallery label verso
Image/Sheet sight 24.3 x 35.4 in — 61.8 x 90 cm; 26.4 x 37.6 in — 67 x 95.4 cm

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $960
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012)
  • Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012)
  • Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012)

Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, No. 6881 and inscribed “EGG 78” to gallery label verso;
Private Collection, Toronto


See the Exhibition catalogue "Antoni Tapies in Print," organized by Deborah Wye, Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 6 - August 9, 1992,


This rare lithograph is one of Tàpies’ earliest untitled lithographs, referred to as the “Black Lithographs”, executed in 1959 when he began experimenting with printmaking. In the late 1950s, Miquel and Joan Gaspar, cousins who ran the Sala Gaspar family gallery in Barcelona where Tàpies exhibited, invited the artist to have his first lithographs published by their firm. In the MOMA catalogue, Deborah Wey describes Tàpies’ experimental approach to the medium, “In 1959, he devised unusual methods to achieve surface patterning. He sprinkled sawdust and sprayed ink from mosquito sprayers or squeezed it through cracks in broken glass.”


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LOT 120

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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