JOAN MIRO

Joan Miro is known for his playful art. His emblematic images make a naive, childlike impression at first sight. In contrast to the image of his art, he was a ...Read more...solid, hard-working man who preferred to come to gallery exhibitions in dark business suits.

Paris - the Mecca of Arts
In 1920 Miro made the first of a series of trips to Paris. In 1921 he settled permanently in the French capital. He met Pablo Picasso and many of the other great painters and artists living in Paris - the center of arts in the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century.

International Fame
By 1930 the artist had developed his own style. Miro art is hard to describe. It is characterized by brilliant colors combined with simplified forms that are reminiscent of drawings made by children at the age of five. Joan Miro art integrates elements of Catalan folk art. He liked to compare his visual arts to poetry.

In the 1930s the artist's fame and recognition became international. From 1940 to 1948 he was back in Spain. During this period he experimented in different media - sculpture, ceramics and murals.

In 1947, he came to the United States for the first time. He had several one-man shows. The most important one was a retrospective at the MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1951 and in 1959. In 1954 he won a prize at the Venice Biennale. In 1968 the artist finished a commission for two large ceramic murals at the UNESCO buildings in Paris.

Collecting Joan Miro Prints
Miro was a prolific print maker. He worked in etchings and lithographs. And Miro is among those modern artists like Picasso or Chagall whose works were also published in large print editions targeted at a larger audience. Thus original Miro art is available even for art lovers with a limited budget.