Gris Violacé aux Rides [Violet Grey with Lines]
© Fundacio Antoni Tapies/DACS, London 2004

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Gris Violacé aux Rides [Violet Grey with Lines] 1961
The wall is a recurring motif in Tàpies's work and he has related it to the high walls of the dark, narrow streets of his native Barcelona and Catalonia. He remarked: "The image of the wall can contain countless suggestions. Separation, claustrophobia; wailing walls, prison walls; rejection of the world, contemplation, destruction of passion, silence, death..." Most of Tàpies's paintings are black or grey and he even prefered to paint in closed rooms with all daylight blocked out. At the time this piece was painted, it would have formed a sharp contrast to the bright colours used in contemporary Pop Art.

Glossary Open


A distinctive element in a work of art or design.

Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.

Motif, Pop Art


  • Acc. No. GMA 2760
  • Medium Mixed media on canvas
  • Size 200.00 x 176.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1983