Antonio Saura Artist

Antonio Saura

Antonio Saura (Huesca, 1930 - Cuenca, 1988) began to paint and write in Madrid in 1947, while recovering from tuberculosis that kept him immobilized for five years. The first pictorial experiences begin there. He creates numerous drawings and paintings of a dreamlike and surreal character in which he generally represents imaginary landscapes that he captures in a flat, smooth material rich in color.
As a result of his stay in Paris, he begins to paint occupying the space of the canvas in several and very diverse ways, creating his own formal structures that he will not stop developing.
The work of Antonio Saura takes from surrealism the negative, the monstrous, the natural, the violent and the intuitive; of Action Painting, takes the gestural character of the creative process and informalism, the abstraction.
The female figure will be a constant in Saura's work. In his last stage, he rejected the small format to create large compositions in which he also introduced color. Some examples are Transformations or Overlays.
Of his extensive production stand out the series Crucifixiones, history of Spain, Multitudes, Imaginary portraits or Saurimaquias.

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