(1936) Spanish realism has its own name and surname: Antonio López, one of the most important contemporary artists in the history of our art. His artistic production includes elements of different artistic trends, such as cubism or surrealism. However, from the 60's on, he left the dream behind to develop a more objective approach to art. His compositions are an autobiography that ranges from the pictorial to the sculptural.
Antonio López paints his life in this exclusive ARTIKA edition, the author portraying the most significant scenes, paintings and people of his career while revealing his inner self through the way he captures the outside world. He evokes thoughts, experiences and emotions, sharing his story and his inspiration through the art of the people who influenced him the most. This makes Paisajes (Landscapes) both his most personal art book and his most intimate self-portrait.
Antonio López was involved in every phase of the project: he not only signed the 2,998 copies, but also handcrafted his own mock-up of this edition. He hand-picked the images from his paintings and drawings and hand-wrote his memories and reflections, in addition to donating photos from his personal archives. The result is a living work, structured in the form of a personal diary, which covers his entire creative and personal trajectory.
Paisajes (Landscapes) spans a century of art and life: it begins in 1917, with the work of his uncle, Antonio López Torres, and later shifts the focus onto his wife, María Moreno, who is also a painter. In chronological order, López depicts everything from his formative years and first paintings to some of the most outstanding moments in his artistic creation, the urban scenes that made him famous and the paintings on which he is still working.
His writings are the key that open the door into his private world, and we have the privilege of hearing from the painter first-hand in the pages of this work. No other book—until now—has managed to achieve this perfect union between the work and the artist’s voice. Printed on canvas, the front cover of the Art Book depicts the painting called Gran Vía, 1 de agosto, 7:30 horas, 2009-2015. The back cover is a close-up of the same painting.
The set includes Rosas, an exclusive giclée print in numbered edition, created exclusively for this edition. These are flowers that Antonio López painted during lockdown.
Paisajes (Landscapes) comes in an exclusively designed display case that recreates the window from which the artist captured the scene on the cover of the Art Book. A place López visited on the same day, at the same time, for years, to capture the light and the imagery of his often-painted Gran Vía. The case design, which features the name of the work and the artist in relief, offers several display options, depending on whether you want to enjoy the giclée print, the Art Book or both at the same time.
Cuerpos y flores
When we think of Spanish realism, one name immediately springs to mind – Antonio López García, one of the most important contemporary artists in the history of Spanish art. ARTIKA presents Figures and Flowers, the painter’s first and only artist’s book, a limited, numbered edition of 2,998 copies, all signed by the artist.
An enthralling Art Book traces the artistic career of this genius of realism and enables the reader to enjoy his works down to the tiniest details, thanks to the life-size reproduction of many of his works. The volume also evokes his impressions, his passions and his sessions, through texts by Rafael Argullol and Antonio López himself, in addition to an interview with the painter by Julio Vaquero.
Figures and flowers also includes an item of great artistic value – a giclée print of the work Rosas de Ávila, in a limited, numbered edition. This plate, personally selected by Antonio López, can also be displayed as an independent work.
The Art Book and the giclée print are presented in a case, on which is reproduced a detail taken from one of these sketches made by the artist for his sculpture La mujer de Coslada. A spectacular work of art with infinite possibilities that are revealed when the glass image on the case is combined with the covers of the book.