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Guided tour: “Caña” 1956 – 57, Antonio Saura

This week the Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra offers you a new guided tour of a particular work from the exhibition “INFLUENCERS in Art. From Van Goyen to Pop Art“, which you can discover from the comfort of your own home.

Today, the Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra invites you to discover a work from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza’s collection “Caña“, 1956 – 57, by the Spanish artist Antonio Saura.

As a great representative of lyrical abstraction and abstract expressionism, Antonio Saura, born on 22 September 1930 and died on 22 July 1998, began his career in 1947, after spending five years in bed due to tuberculosis. A self-taught artist, his first style was close to surrealism, which he illustrated mainly with dreamlike landscapes full of vivid colours. It was during his second trip to Paris, in 1954, that Saura began to paint in a more organic way and explored the technique of grattage. In 1956, during a period of visual and technical research, the painter came closer to his aesthetic maturity as well as to his favourite theme: the human figure, particularly the woman.

His style, in opposition to his early works, is characterized by its viscerality and chromatic reduction to white and black. Saura create a personal and plastic language, punctuated by energetic gestures and curved lines that construct and deconstruct the human body. The artwork “Caña“, which dates from one of the artist’s richest periods, is a perfect example of this.

We will therefore let you enjoy this extraordinary work, a medium for a new type of figuration, which continues to have an impact on visitors to the Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra.


Enjoy your visit!

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