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Antonio Saura

Amelia, from the Novisaurias series, 1969

Etching and aquatint on Rives BFK paper
22 × 19 3/4 in
55.9 × 50.2 cm
Edition 17/50
This is part of a limited edition set.
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About the work
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Heritage Auctions
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Signed lower right and numbered in pencil lower left
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Antonio Saura
Spanish, 1930–1998
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An outspoken critic of Franco’s dictatorship, Spanish painter Antonio Saura is best known for his gestural, calligraphic paintings that pay homage to Spain’s cultural heritage. His paintings often employ the dark color palette of some of the country’s most celebrated painters, such as Pablo Picasso, Francisco de Goya, and Diego Velázquez, and pay tribute to their work in his choice of titles. A self-taught artist, Saura began making art at the age of seventeen, producing dreamlike landscapes in the style of Surrealism. Ten years later, in 1957, he co-founded the El Paso Group, a collective of painters, sculptors, and art critics who sought to revive Spanish art production in the wake of the Spanish Civil War and World War II. At the end of his career, Saura temporarily set aside painting to collaborate with his brother, the film director Carlos Saura, on set designs for the ballet, opera, and theater.

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About the work
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Heritage Auctions
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Signed lower right and numbered in pencil lower left
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Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Antonio Saura
Spanish, 1930–1998
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An outspoken critic of Franco’s dictatorship, Spanish painter Antonio Saura is best known for his gestural, calligraphic paintings that pay homage to Spain’s cultural heritage. His paintings often employ the dark color palette of some of the country’s most celebrated painters, such as Pablo Picasso, Francisco de Goya, and Diego Velázquez, and pay tribute to their work in his choice of titles. A self-taught artist, Saura began making art at the age of seventeen, producing dreamlike landscapes in the style of Surrealism. Ten years later, in 1957, he co-founded the El Paso Group, a collective of painters, sculptors, and art critics who sought to revive Spanish art production in the wake of the Spanish Civil War and World War II. At the end of his career, Saura temporarily set aside painting to collaborate with his brother, the film director Carlos Saura, on set designs for the ballet, opera, and theater.

Antonio Saura

Amelia, from the Novisaurias series, 1969

Etching and aquatint on Rives BFK paper
22 × 19 3/4 in
55.9 × 50.2 cm
Edition 17/50
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
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