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Tàpies developed a style that involved covering his canvases with a thick, highly textured base and incorporating into it materials such as clay and marble dust. To this, he added incised and scribbled lines, various lacerations and graffiti-like marks. He was fascinated by the contrast of different materials. He later wrote: 'My pictures became the truly experimental fields of battle... destruction led up to aesthetic tranquility.'

November 2005