JOAN MIRO

Recognised as one of the most important artist of our modern time, the art of Joan Miró has inspired and captivated artists and art enthusiasts for generations. Born in Spain in 1893, Miró grew up in a family of craftsmen who immersed him in art and creativity. From a young age, Miró displayed a strong interest in art, and began attending drawing classes at a tender age of 7. Later he was enrolled into the fine art academy at La Llotja, followed by Cercle Artistic de Sant Lu.

In 1918, Miró had his first solo exhibition in Barcelona after which he moved to Paris in 1921, so that he could be part of the art community that has gathered in Montparnasse.

It was during his stay in Paris that he came into contact with André Breton; one of the leading figures in Surrealism, which lead Miró to join the surrealist group - though not as an official member so that he could explore other forms and school of artistic expression. Though Miró initially painted still life and landscape, this move to Paris proved to be a pivotal change in terms of his technique, style and composition. Exposed and receptive to influences from Fauvism to Cubism, Surrealism an Dada, Miró refused to let his art be categorised into a specific movement. Boldly coloured strokes, biomorphic forms, geometric shapes, semi abstract objects, gradually came to be define Miró’s signature style represented in his art. During Miró’s lifetime and after, the works of this internationally acclaimed artist have exhibited extensively around the world with many large retrospective exhibitions at prestigious museums devoted to his works notably on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Miró has continued to exert his influence in Modern Art, notably in the works of Abstract Expressionist artists such as Calder, Pollock and Rothko. Deeply appreciated by art academic and art collectors, Miró’s works remains highly sort after.

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