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Antonio Saura

"If I could not paint, I would have to use other means of expression : stab the walls, … cream."


Notes of biography

Antonio Saura was born in 1939 in Hesca (Spain). He started painting at the age of 18, but never followed artistic studies. His childhood was marked by the Spanish civil war and the horrendous sights he had, marked him for ever. His first personal exhibition was organized in 1950 (Saragossa).
Antonio Saura reached Paris in 1953 and worked with the surrealist group. Deeply disappointed by this experience, he took refuge with an informal painting which seemed to him only capable of releasing the expression of a pure psychic automatism. In 1957, Saura was co- founder of the group El Paso (Madrid), the group that tried to give a new impulse to the contemporary Spanish art and to defend the informal Art. The artist advocated the refusal of the classic criteria in the painting: representation, composition, balance, beauty. He painted "imaginary Portraits" in homage to masters of the Spanish painting, "Women", "Crowds", "Crucifixions".
At the end of the 70s, Saura painted big dimensions canvases "Ecorchés"; the artist was fascinated by the monstrous, the convulsive, the intense, marrying love and cruelty which he considered inseparable (series of portraits of Dora Maar). In 1991, then in 1995, Antonio Saura worked with his brother, the famous director of cinema Carlos Saura, on two versions of the opera Carmen.
Year 1994 was dedicated to a series of 365 drawings, «Diaro on 1994». He created monumental paintings for state commissions, then altogether, throughout his artistic career, important set works on paper, etchings and lithographs.
Passionately fond of books about which he told he could not do without the contact, he illustrated naturally numerous works. His work is on the cymas of any biggest museums of the world.
Antonio Saura died in Cuenca (Spain) in 1998.

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Complete work(s)

Complete work(s)
*« Antonio Saura, l'oeuvre gravé 1958-1984 », M. Galfetti, Ed Rivière, Paris, 1985 All the complete works

Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Antonio Saura : Peintures 1956-1985 », Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Genève, 1986
  • « Antonio Saura », G. de Cortanze, Ed. de la Différence, Paris, 1994
  • « Antonio Saura », Biennale de Venise, 1995
  • « Antonio Saura », Dore Ashton, Ed. Galerie Lelong, 1997
  • « Klee, point final », A. Saura, Ed. L'Echoppe, 1999
  • « Antonio Saura », cat., Ed. Museo Casa de la Moneda, Madrid, 2000
  • « Antonio Saura », cat., Ed. Fondation Miro, Barcelone, 1980
  • « Notes d'Antonio Saura », A. Cirici Pellicer, Saura, Ed. Yves Rivière, 1980
  • « Saura, Multitudes », O. Weber Caflisch et autres, Ed. Gobierno de Aragon, 2003
  • « Tauromachie », J. Bescos, A. Saura et M. Cohen, Ed. 5 continents, Paris, 2008
To read from the artist :
  • « Contra El Guernica. Libelo », Ediciones Turner, Madrid, 1982
  • « Antonio Saura par lui même », Ed. 5 Continents, 2009
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Art movements

+ LYRIC ART, ABSTRACT, TACHISM / 1950-1960 / Jackson Pollock, Emil Schumacher, etc.
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