Gallery Report – Joan Miró


Artist Joan Miró was born April 20, 1893, in Barcelona and studied at the Barcelona School of Fine Arts and the Academia Galí. 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. Miró 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. Formless amoebic shapes alternate with sharply drawn lines, spots, and curlicues, all positioned on the canvas with seeming detachment. Miró later produced highly general, eerie works in which his organic forms and figures are reduced to abstract spots, lines, and bursts of colors.

Miró 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. Miró died in Mallorca, Spain, on December 25, 1983.

I personally like the artist’s work. It is imaginary and looks as if it is influenced by Picasso. I particularity enjoyed the colors and the abstractness of the artwork. The bright colors and design makes anyone of all ages want to stop for a look. In the particular art display that I chose (‘Aube parfum`ee par la pluie d’ or Dawn Perfumed by a shower of Gold) this was made with watercolor and plaster on composition board. I picked the piece for its difference and uniqueness from all the other pieces of artwork.

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