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Google honours eccentric Catalan artist

Alex Dunham
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Google honours eccentric Catalan artist
A major exhibition of Tàpies' artwork and sculpture is currently on display at Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

The world's biggest search engine has paid tribute to contemporary art genius Antoni Tàpies by using one of his paintings on its homepage on the 90th anniversary of his birth.

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Tàpies passed away in his Barcelona home in February 2012 after a life dedicated to painting, sculpture and lithography.

He is recognized as one of the key players in the Art Informel movement of post WWII Europe, a French style of abstract painting which was a reaction to cubism.

Tapies took an interest in art at the age of 17 when, after suffering a near-fatal heart attack which left him convalescent for two years, he was able to find the time to teach himself to draw and paint.

As his talent grew, the young Tàpies came to be known as the best Catalan artist in the vanguard period after WWII.

He looked to illustrate all that was sordid or unpleasant, from an abandoned shoe to an armpit.

Google has now decided to pay homage to Tàpies as they did to Spanish poet Federico García Lorca back in June.

A major exhibition of his artwork and sculpture is currently on display at Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum.

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