Dimension: 38×55 cm
Painting technique: Mixed technique
Painting style: Surrealism, Dadaism
Joan Miró was a famous Spanish Catalan artist from Barcelona who produced surrealist and abstract designs across painting, sculpture and ceramics through the majority of the 20th century. This biography outlines his career development and the factors which inspired his imaginative creations across multiple mediums.
Early Life and Career
Miro was introduced to the arts from a very young age and was always going to be encouraged by his parents to at least hold an interest in the more cultural sides of his Catalan heritage. The artist gained his first education in the arts at the School of Industrial and Fine Arts, where he was taught by Modest Urgell and Josep Pascó up until he turned 18. Francesc Galí’s School of Art then further honed his talents after a bout of illness. It was that low period which re-affirmed Miro’s desire to concentrate on painting as the main focus in his life. Miro went onto study at La Lonja School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, before unveiling his first exhibition at the Dalmau Galleries in 1918.
Joan Miro produced a very personal form of abstract art that was to influence a number of modern artists that followed on shortly after.
Abstract Expressionists such as Jackson Pollock as well as Colour Field painters like Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman would make use of his advancements in their own careers. Having passed away as recently as 1983, his artwork still feels relatively fresh and will no-doubt inspire others in the near future. His passion for multiple disciplines also helps to open young artists’ minds as to what they could get involved in, going beyond just the standard fare of oil painting. Additionally, he left another highly significant addition to the impressive back catalogue of work to have come from the Catalan region, marking him out alongside other greats such as Salvador Dali and the architect Antoni Gaudi.