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Transcript of Joan Miro
"The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later.
"The simplest things give me ideas."
Joan Miro Facts
"I try to apply colors like words that shape
poems, like notes that shape music."
"For me an object is a living thing. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings."
Miro was also a ceramist and a sculptor.
Miro was a surrealist artist.
Miro liked working with the colors
Today Miro's paintings sell for between $250,000 and $17 million US dollars.
"Throughout the time in which I am working on a canvas I can feel how I am beginning to love it, with that love which is born slow comprehension."
- Joan Miró
Joan Miró i Ferrà, born April 20,1893 in Barcelona, was a painter, sculptor, and ceramist. Miró's father was a watchmaker and his mother a goldsmith. Miró attended the School of Industrial and Fine Arts, until he left in 1910. A year after Miró suffered from a serious case of typhoid fever. After, Miró devoted his life to painting. Miró studied at the School of art taught by Francesc Gulf and La Lonja School of Fine Arts in Barcelona. In 1918 he set up his first individual art exhibit in Barcelona;all of Miró's work before 1920 show the pure colors used in Fauvism, shapes from Cubism, influence from folkloric Catalan art and Roman Frescos from the churches. In 1920 Miró's trip to Paris introduced and developed his style for Surrealism. In 1921, Miró held his first exhibition in the La Licorne Gallery and in 1928 he exhibited with a group of Surrealist artists at the Pierre Gallery, both in Paris. From 1929-1930 Miró took interest in collages thus leading to his many surrealism sculptures. In this period people began seeing tortured monsters and he also began experimenting with engraving, water color, lithography, pastels, and painting over copper. Even though Miró's works were known during this period his 2 ceramic murals The Wall of the Moon and the Wall of the Sun that he made for the UNESCO building in Paris are very famous. Miró also married to his wife Pilar Juncosa in 1929. Soon after in on July 17,1931 Juncosa gave birth to their daughter Dolores. Soon the Spanish Civil War was started so the family moved to Paris,but then moved to Spain in 1940,where his art began showing surrealism. At the end of the 60's Miró began focusing more on monumental and public works;he concentrated on the symbol not giving too much importance to representing theme,but to the way the symbol emerged as the piece of work. Miró's eccentric style embodied his unique approach to his artwork. In 1976 the Joan Miró Foundation Center of Contemporary Art Study was officially open. Then in 1979, Miró was named Dr. Honoris Causa – meaning honorary in Spanish. On December 15, 1983 in Palma, Majorca -a city in Spain- Miró died due to his suffering of heart disease.
"The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness."
“My characters have undergone the same process of simplification as the colors. Now that they have been simplified, they appear more human and alive than if they had been represented in all their details.”
"What I am looking for...is an immobile movement, something which could be the equivalent of what is called the eloquence of silence, or what St.John of the Cross, I think it was, described with the word 'mute music'."
Joan Miró. The Carbide Lamp. 1923. Oil on canvas. 38 x 45.7 cm. Museum of Modern Art; New York,USA.
Joan Miró. Blue II. 1961. Oil on canvas.
270 x 350 cm. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Joan Miró. North South. 1917. Oil on canvas. 62 x 70 cm. Private Collection.
Joan Miró. Portrait of Hiberto Casany
(The Chauffeur). 1918. Oil on canvas.
70 X 20 cm. Private Collection.
Joan Miró. The Bird Makes Its Nest In the Fingers In Flower. 1969. Bronze. 80.5 cm x 49 cm x 26 cm. Fundació Joan Miró.
Joan Miró. The Farm. 1922. Oil on canvas. 132 x 147 cm. National Gallery of Art;Washington,DC.
Joan Miró. The Ear of Corn. 1923. Oil on canvas. 37.8 x 46 cm. Museum of Modern Art New York,USA.
Joan Miró. Self-Portrait. 1919. Oil on canvas. 75 x 60 cm. Musée Picasso, Paris, France.
In this painting I see what looks to be a green table. On the green table I see a pink rose bud and bloom. I also see a green glass vase.
Miro has filled what would have been negative space with zig-zag lines and the reflection of the green vase. Miro uses the same colors of green, pink, and brown in his painting. Line is dominant in this painting,because of the repetitious use of curved lines on the vase,the flowers,and the table and the zig-zag lines used in the background.
This painting makes you feel like something is moving;like there's some type of urgency. All the lines cause your eyes too move all over the place,trying to figure out where each line leads to.
This artwork is successful in my opinion,since it shows imitationalism in the vase, rose, and the table. I enjoyed the beauty of all the different colors in Miro's painting and how he made the vase and especially the rose look so real.
Joan Miró. Still Life with Rose.
Oil on cardboard; 1916. 77 x 74 cm. Private Collection.