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Joan-Josep Tharrats (1918-2001) was a Spanish painter, engraver, and art historian. Born in Girona, he played a significant role in the Spanish art scene and was a member of the pioneering Dau al Set group, the first avant-garde group in Spain. Tharrats’ work is characterized by abstract explosionism and a unique interpretative force.

He began his artistic journey with pastel drawings in 1945, showing influences from Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh. Tharrats transitioned to abstract works in 1946, influenced by Mondrian and Kandinsky. In 1947, he co-founded the Dau al Set group with philosopher Arnau Puig, painter Joan Ponç, poet Joan Brossa, and later, artists Modest Cuixart and Antoni Tàpies. Tharrats also directed the group’s eponymous magazine until its closure in 1956. During this period, he delved into surrealism, magical abstraction (1948), and later moved towards informalism.

As a printmaker, Tharrats introduced the maculature technique, and he also contributed literary works, including publications like "Antoni Tàpies o el Dau Modern de Versailles" (1950) and various articles in the Dau al Set magazine (1948-1956).

Tharrats held several exhibitions, including the first one at Galerías Jardín in Barcelona (1950), "Maculatures" in 1955, "Joies i Escultures" in 1956, and others in subsequent years. His international presence grew significantly from 1955, with individual and group exhibitions in Europe and America.

Tharrats’ works can be found in renowned institutions such as the Tate Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofía National Art Centre Museum in Madrid, and the Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, among various other modern art museums.

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