Raymond Roussel Universal Legatee, Antoni Taulé is a painter born on August 25, 1945 in Sabadell, Catalonia. Architect by training, performer and street artist during the Sixties, his art has been labelled as part of hyperrealism and a representative of the “new figurative” movement. He paints classical empty buildings and interiors: ballrooms, office receptions, halls of the Louvre museum, chambers of the Prado, the Palace of Versailles, monumental spaces that fuse reality and fiction under a fleeting atmosphere of light.
His unique creative universe mixes scientific and mathematical concepts and a passion for art from the past, Italian, Dutch and Spanish old masters, especially Diego Velázquez and Francisco Goya. It has inspired numbers of writers and critics, like Jean-Christophe Bailly or Julio Cortázar who, fascinated by Taulé’s rooms and tables, wrote the story “Fin de etapa”, in Deshoras, a book published in 1983. From 1982 onwards, Antoni Taulé has created set designs, largely springing from development in his own painting, for some of the great opera and theatre, including Washington Square, Henry James’s novel, adapted by Rudolf Nureyev, Enfance and Pour un oui, pour un non (For No Good Reason) by Nathalie Sarraute, or Francis Poulenc and his Dialogues of the Carmelites adapted from a play by Georges Bernanos.