Antonio Saura  (Spanish, 1930-1998) 

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Antonio Saura (Spanish, 1930–1998) is considered one of the most important avant-garde painters of the 20th century. Saura was born in Huesca, Spain, and lived in various cities throughout the country with his family during the Spanish Civil War. At 13 years old, Saura was diagnosed with tuberculosis, resulting in a five-year confinement. During this period he began painting and writing, and later exhibited his work locally. He moved to Paris in 1954, working alongside Surrealist artists on his abstract compositions, which feature dense layers of paint and rough-hewn, biomorphic forms. Saura received vast critical acclaim for his work, and in 1960 was honored with an award from the Guggenheim Foundation. He painted primarily in black-and-white throughout the 1950s, and worked with motifs ranging from nude and female forms to gathering crowds and abstract portraits of Goya. In the 1960s, Saura worked increasingly with sculpture, often creating bronze works referencing the figurative forms he depicted in his paintings, and became a staunch protester against the Franco regime in Spain. Towards the end of his life, Saura concentrated on his other artistic passions, including writing and set design, in addition to painting bold, gestural works. Saura’s work has been exhibited in retrospectives around the world, as well as in the 1958 Venice Biennale, and at several documenta exhibitions in Kassel throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Saura died in 1998 in Cuenca, Spain, at 88 years old.

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Antonio Saura, La Cámara Ardiente o Los Amores Célebres (Full Portfolio of 12 Works)

 

Antonio Saura
La Cámara Ardiente o Los Amores Célebres (Full Portfolio of 12 Works)
1977
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Antonio Saura, Untitled

 

Antonio Saura
Untitled
1957

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Antonio Saura, Cocktail Party

 

Antonio Saura
Cocktail Party
1962

Galerie van de Loo Projekte
Antonio Saura, AKAD

 

Antonio Saura
AKAD
1960

Waterhouse & Dodd
Antonio Saura, Crucifixión 3

 

Antonio Saura
Crucifixión 3
1993

Galeria Benlliure
Antonio Saura, Portrait imaginaire de Philippe II

 

Antonio Saura
Portrait imaginaire de Philippe II
1987

Galerie Boisserée, J. & W. Boisserée GmbH
Antonio Saura, Novisaurias

 

Antonio Saura
Novisaurias
1969

Galerie Boisserée, J. & W. Boisserée GmbH
Antonio Saura, Dama, Stockholm

 

Antonio Saura
Dama, Stockholm
1960

Galerie Boisserée, J. & W. Boisserée GmbH
Antonio Saura, Dama

 

Antonio Saura
Dama
1960

Galerie Boisserée, J. & W. Boisserée GmbH
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Antonio Saura, Moi (Antirretratos) (set of 18 works)

 

Antonio Saura
Moi (Antirretratos) (set of 18 works), 1976
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Antonio Saura, La Cámara Ardiente o Los Amores Célebres (portfolio of 12 works)

 

Antonio Saura
La Cámara Ardiente o Los Amores Célebres (portfolio of 12 works), 1977
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Antonio Saura, Multitud, Sevilla

 

Antonio Saura
Multitud, Sevilla, 1981
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1957   Grounded the group " El Paso " in Madrid; Is one of the first Spanish artists to use the Abstract Expressionism
1958   First prints
1960   Takes part of the group " Estampa Popular"
1960   Retrospective of paintings on paper and prints, organised by Eddy de Wilde at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1964   Commits himself to political action, which he continues until the end of the Franco period
1989   The Wiener Secession presents a retrospective of his works on paper
  Self-taught painter who in 1953 visits Paris and joins the Surrealists
2013   Galerie Boisseree, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2013   Antonio Saura - Die Retrospektive, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany (solo)
Galerie Boisseree, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2012   Antonio Saura, Die Retrospektive, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (solo)
2011   Antonio Saura, Montages 1956-1996, Galerie Lelong,Paris, France (solo)
Antonio Saura, Huiles, techniques mixtes, Galerie Patrick Cramer, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Blanco y negro, Obras originales sobre papel, Galería Mikel Armendía, Madrid, Spain