JOAN MIRÓ IS ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZED ARTISTS OF THE SURREALIST ART MOVEMENT. His bold, simplified forms have resonated with collectors for decades as he created harmony with somewhat disparate shapes and graphic colors.

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Joan Miro was a Spanish artist born in Barcelona on April 20th, 1893 and one of the premier surrealist minds of the 20th century Art world.  His father was a watchmaker and his mother a goldsmith, exposing their son to the arts from a very young age. At seven years old, Joan Miro was taking drawing classes and eventually enrolling in fine art academies. After several years of schooling in the arts, Miro moved to Montparnasse, then Paris, in 1920.

Influences in Miro’s early works include bright colors, a favorite of Fauvism, as well as shapes that were typical of cubist art. Additionally, the Roman Catholic Church influenced the works of Miro through depictions of folk lore that he was exposed to as a child. After having been exposed to surrealist painting in 1921, the artist had his first solo exhibition in Paris. Later, he collaborated with famed surrealist Max Ernst, though Miro maintained a style that was completely his own.

In 1929 and early 1930, Joan Miro began to work in the form of collages and later created sculptures in this medium as well. He honed his skills in engraving, water colors, lithography and copper painting and his dynamic style and openness to different mediums, allowed Miro a freedom of expression in art as he further propelled himself as one of the greats of the surrealist movement.

Miro did not want to be categorized into one movement or the other however, and he eventually developed a unique style of his own. The use of organic forms with flattened shapes and sharp lines was thought of as Surrealist but would also be considered influenced by Dadaism and the common use of ovoids and wavy lines were considered sexual objects in the artist’s works.

The late 1960’s proved to be the artworks that Miro became most noted for, as his focus shifted to monumental pieces and public displays in a wide range of locations. He began to use more symbolism in his works instead of a literal interpretation of what was being depicted and the message to the public became of utmost importance to him. The works of Miro influenced other artists and art movements of the 20th century including American Abstract Expressionists such as Motherwell, Calder, Gorky, Matta, Rothko and Pollock. The Joan Miro Foundation Center of Contemporary Arts was opened in Barcelona in 1976, celebrating the unique style of the artist who would eventually pass in 1983.