Dau al Set

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An association of Spanish artists founded in Barcelona in 1948 and active until 1953 (since six is the usual maximum number of spots on the side of a dice, the name implied going beyond normal limits). The artists were in opposition to the official and academic culture of the Franco era and were active in promoting Catalan identity. The painting of the group was strongly influenced by Klee and Miró, drawing on imagery related to magic and the occult. The most significant members were the critic Eduardo Cirlot, the philosopher and poet Arnoldo Puig, and four painters—Modesto Cuixart, Joan Ponç, Antoni Tàpies, and Joan Josep Tharrats, who edited their journal, which outlived the group, ceasing publication in 1956. The ideology of the journal reflected existentialism (see Sartre) and Marxism. Among other artists who became known through the journal were Jorge Oteiza and Antonio Saura.

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