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Joan Miró was born in 1893 in Barcelona, Spain. His work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike and a manifestation of Catalan pride. Young Miró was drawn towards the arts community that was gathering in Montparnasse, and in 1920 moved to Paris. There, under the influence of the poets and writers, he developed his unique style: organic forms and flattened picture planes drawn with a sharp line. Generally thought of as a Surrealist because of his interest in automatism, Miró's style was influenced in varying degrees by Surrealism and Dada, yet he rejected membership to any artistic movement in the interwar European years. André Breton, the founder of Surrealism, described him as "the most Surrealist of us all." Miró died in 1983 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. He was 90.

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About Joan Miró

Joan Miró rejected the constraints of traditional painting, creating works “conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness,” as he once said. Widely considered one of the leading Surrealists, though never officially part of the group, Miró pioneered a wandering linear style of Automatism—a method of “random” drawing that attempted to express the inner workings of the human psyche. Miró used color and form in a symbolic rather than literal manner, his intricate compositions combining abstract elements with recurring motifs like birds, eyes, and the moon. “I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music,” he said. While he prized artistic freedom, Miró revered art history, basing a series of works on the Dutch Baroque interiors of Hendrick Sorgh and Jan Steen. In turn, Miró has inspired many artists—significantly Arshile Gorky, whose bold linear abstractions proved a foundational influence on Abstract Expressionism.

Spanish, 1893-1983, Barcelona, Spain, based in Paris and Catalonia, Spain

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Prints, Galerie Lelong, Paris
2016
Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
2016
2015
Riopelle | Miro: Color, Acquavella Galleries, New York
2015
Miró in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Prints, Galerie Lelong, Paris
2015
Miró in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
2014

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Winter Exhibition 2016, Gilden's Art Gallery, London
2016
NY Fall Show Art Antiques and Jewelry 2016, Masterworks Fine Art, Oakland
2016
Exhibition: Bold, Merritt Gallery, Baltimore
2016
FALL OFFERING, michael lisi / contemporary art, New York
2016
Surrealism: Imaginary becomes real, Gilden's Art Gallery, London
2016
Masters of Distinction, Opera Gallery, Singapore
2016
Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
2016
2015
Riopelle | Miro: Color, Acquavella Galleries, New York
2015
Tempo, Opera Gallery, Monaco
2015
New realities in the 20th and 21st Century, Opera Gallery, Central Hong Kong
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