Joan Miro

Spanish, 1893-1983
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Joan Miro oil paintings
Joan Miro : Self-Portrait
1919, oil on canvas, Musee Picasso, Paris
Joan Miro : Dutch Interior I
1928, oil on canvas
Joan Miro : Personages in the Presence of a Metamorphosis
1936, egg tempera on masonite, New Orleans Museum of Modern Art
Joan Miro : Ciphers and Constellations in Love with a Woman
1941, gouache & turpentine paint on paper, Art Institute of Chicago
Joan Miro : Women Encircled by the Flight of a Bird
1941, gouache & turpentine paint on canvas, private collection, Paris
Joan Miro : Personages in the Night Guided by the Phosphorescent Tracks of Snails
1940, gouache & turpentine paint on paper, private collection, U.S.A.
Joan Miro : The Poetess
1940, gouache & turpentine paint on paper, Colin Collection, New York
Joan Miro : Still-Life with a Rose
1916, oil on cardboard, private collection, Switzerland.
Joan Miro : The Village of Prades
1917, oil on canvas, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Joan Miro : The Village of Prades II
Portrait of Juanita Obrador, 1918, oil on canvas, Art Institute of Chicago.
Joan Miro : Still-Life with Coffee Mill
1918, oil on canvas, Aime Maeght Collection, Paris.
Joan Miro : Vegetable Garden with Donkey
1918, oil on canvas, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Joan Miro : Montroig, Village and Church
1919, oil on canvas, Delores Miro de Punyet Collection, Palma de Mallorca.
Joan Miro : Nude with Mirror
1919, oil on canvas, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf.
Joan Miro : Catalan Landscape, The Hunter
1923-24, oil on canvas.
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Joan Miro was a Spanish painter whose surrealist works, with their subject matter drawn from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy, are some of the most original of the 20th century. Miro was born April 20, 1893. His work before 1920 shows wide-ranging influences, including the bright colors of the Fauves, the broken forms of cubism, and the powerful, flat two-dimensionality of Catalan folk art and Romanesque church frescoes of his native Spain. He moved to Paris in 1920, where, under the influence of surrealist poets and writers, he evolved his mature style. Miro drew on memory, fantasy, and the irrational to create works of art that are visual analogues of surrealist poetry. These dreamlike visions, such as Harlequin's Carnival (1925, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo) or Dutch Interior (1928, Museum of Modern Art, New York City), often have a whimsical or humorous quality, containing images of playfully distorted animal forms, twisted organic shapes, and odd geometric constructions. The forms of his paintings are organized against flat neutral backgrounds and are painted in a limited range of bright colors, especially blue, red, yellow, green, and black. Amorphous amoebic shapes alternate with sharply drawn lines, spots, and curlicues, all positioned on the canvas with seeming nonchalance. Miro later produced highly generalized, ethereal works in which his organic forms and figures are reduced to abstract spots, lines, and bursts of colors. Miro also experimented in a wide array of other media, devoting himself to etchings and lithographs for several years in the 1950s and also working in watercolor, pastel, collage, and paint on copper and masonite. His ceramic sculptures are especially notable, in particular his two large ceramic murals for the UNESCO building in Paris (Wall of the Moon and Wall of the Sun, 1957-59). Miro died in Majorca, Spain, on December 25, 1983.

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