Joan Miro


Artist Biography:

Joan Miró Ferrà was born on the 20th April 1893 in the seaport city of Barcelona. Miró was exposed to the arts from a very young age, with drawings found dating back to 1901 when he was just 8 years old. Prior to Miró’s first trip to Paris in 1921, his work reflected the influence of many different trends, like the pure and brilliant colours used in Fauvism, shapes taken from Cubism, influences from folkloric Catalan art and Roman frescos from the churches. It was after his trip to Paris that Miró developed his trend of surrealist painting. While the culture and language of Miró’s native Catalonia were under threat on more than one occasion, he often responded with daring and radical abstract paintings to express a very personal view of his surroundings. One of his most famous themes was flight from troubled circumstances. The end of the 1960’s marked Miró’s final period. During this time, he concentrated almost solely on monumental and public works. He was characterized by the freshness with which he carried out his canvasses, as well as the special attention he paid to his materials. In this final period Miró focused his attention primarily on symbolism and much less on representation.

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