Spanish artist Antoni Tapies, who wielded a strong influence on 20th century painting, died Monday, said sources in the Barcelona city government. He was 88.
The painter, born here in 1923, was named first Marquis of Tapies in 2010 for his contribution to the arts.
The artist, whose health had been deteriorating for some time, had a foundation in Barcelona with a large exhibition showing the evolution of his work.
Tapies, who dropped his law studies for a full-time career in drawing and painting, began exhibiting his work in the 1940s.
He also created numerous ceramics, tapestries and sculptures, including one entitled Tribute to Picasso.
He also illustrated books and wrote several volumes on art.
Tapies was married to Teresa Barba Fabregas and was the father of three children: Antoni, Clara and Miquel.