Artist biography

Joan-Josep Tharrats born 1918

Spanish abstract painter and writer on art. Born in Gerona. Moved to Barcelona in 1935 and studied at the Massana School there 1935-6. Made his first abstract paintings in 1946, influenced by Kandinsky and Mondrian. Co-founder with Cuixart, Tàpies and other artists and writers of the Dau al Set group in Barcelona in 1948 and editor of the magazine of this name 1948-55. First one-man exhibition at the Galerias El Jardin, Barcelona, 1950. Received a scholarship from the French Institute in 1953 for a stay in Paris. Published articles on modern art in the weekly Revista 1952-9, which introduced the Spanish public to the work of Pollock, Tobey, Dubuffet, Fautrier and de Kooning. Developed a tachiste style in the late 1950s, with explosive, gestural forms and coloured glazes. Has designed sets and costumes for the ballet, and made jewellery in collaboration with the goldsmith Feliu Via; his commissions include a large mural for the church of Hogares Mundet, Barcelona, 1957. Lives in Barcelona, but has spent the summers since 1956 at Cadaqués.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.717