Painter Antoni Tapies was talking about how he was like artist.
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Antoni Tapies (to work more)

The voice of the Catalonian painter Antoni Tapies in the year 2003 when he was expressing how he was like artist a day before he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Universidad Complutense.

When he was asked about what he pursues with his work, Antoni Tápies (Barcelona, 1923 – Barcelona, 2012) said that what he is looking for is “to communicate images which provoke a certain transformation in the consciousness of the person who looks at the work”, the same, warns , who pursue yoga exercises or other forms of lexical paradoxes that want to shock the viewer.

In any case, he warned, “we should not look for an explanation of the world in my paintings. The explanation must be given to each one, what I do is to lead him a little towards a path that he has to finish “.

“It is a mutual work of artist and observer of the work, something that is well known in China or Japan and that is not taken into account in the West,” said Tapies.

1.- Listen to the MP3 (November 20, 2003):

 

 

2. Fill the gaps with the missing words while you’re listening to the MP3:

“_____ _____ un artista preocupado, incluso angustiado ____ ____, y esto ____ lo digo. Que ____  ____ a mi edad y ____ puedo ____ que las cosas se me _____ _____ fáciles. _____ tengo la sensación de que ____ me sale _____, que debería ______. ____ _____ pongo el ejemplo de un pintor chino que _____ que con una sola pincelada un artista tiene que _____ a _______todo el universo ____. Yo ____ _____ que empiezo un cuadro hago una pincelada digo “¡caray, ____ me ____ ______!”, y tengo que _______. O sea que soy _____… lleno de dudas y de angustia, pero _____ tiene la ventaja esto de que te obliga a _____ _____, a insistir _____ y cada día a ______de nuevo.”

 

3. Read translation of the transcription:

“I’ve been a worried artist, sometimes even distressed, and I always say that. I have reached my age and I can’t say things have been made easy for me. I always have the feeling that I don’t get it right, that I should repeat it. Sometimes, I give the example of a Chinese painter who said that with a single brushstroke an artist has to get to express the whole universe already. Every time I start a painting I make a brushstroke and say, “Oh, I’m wrong!” And I have to rectify it. So I am very… full of doubts and anguish, but it also has the advantage that it forces you to work more, to insist more and every day to start over.”

 

EFE/Practica Español

Comprehension

Escucha el MP3 y responde estas preguntas. (Listen to the audio and answer these questions.)

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Question 1
En el MP3, Tápies está hablando de... (In the MP3, Tapies is talking about...)
A
un cuadro que realizó hace unos años.
B
él como artista.
C
unos artistas chinos que conoció.
Question 2
Según el MP3, Tápies afirmó que... (According to the MP3, Tapies said that...)
A
nunca se ha sentido mal.
B
nunca ha tenido que empezar de nuevo un cuadro.
C
siempre sintió que tenía que hacer las cosas de nuevo.
Question 3
Según Tápies... (According to Tapies...)
A
nunca pensó que debía repetir lo que estaba haciendo.
B
esa sensación de angustia le hizo trabajar más.
C
siempre ha hecho todo con mucha facilidad.
Question 4
Escuchando el MP3, entendemos que Tápies... (Listening to the MP3, we understand that Tapies...)
A
está diciendo a otra persona lo que debe hacer.
B
está preguntando por un artista chino.
C
está narrando y explicando un aspecto de su vida.
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Vocabulary

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Question 1
'A veces' significa... ('A veces' means...)  
A
en algunas ocasiones.
B
en todo momento.
C
nunca.
Question 2
'Repetir' es... ('Repetir' is...)  
A
terminar algo.
B
dejar de hacer algo.
C
volver a hacer algo.
Question 3
En el MP3, 'caray' es... (In the MP3, 'caray' is...)
A
una interjección que expresa alegría.
B
una interjección que expresa seguridad en algo.
C
una interjección que expresa enfado.
Question 4
El artículo determinado para 'sensación' es: (The determined article for 'sensación' is:)
A
el
B
la
C
lo
Question 5
Si sientes 'angustia'... (If you feel 'angustia'...)
A
no sientes malestar.
B
te sientes muy bien.
C
no te sientes bien.
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