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Joan Miro was a 20th century Catalan Spanish artist known for his Surrealist works

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BirthdayApril 20, 1893
Died onDecember 25, 1983
NationalitySpanish
FamousArtists & Painters, Artists, Miscellaneous, Surrealist Artists
SpousesPilar Juncosa
Known asJoan Miro, Joan Miró, Joan Miró i Ferrà, Joan MiroDEMO
Childrens Dolores Miró
Universities
  • Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc
Birth PlaceBarcelona
GenderMale
FatherMiquel Miró Adzerias
MotherDolores Ferrà
Sun SignAries
Born inBarcelona
Famous asPainter
Died at Age90

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Who is Joan Miró?

Joan Miro was a 20th century Catalan Spanish artist known for his Surrealist works. A highly creative and free-thinking individual, he refused to adhere to the norms of conventional painting methods which he felt assassinated art by curbing the artist’s imagination and freedom. He was one of the artists who represented the beginning of Surrealism as an art movement that encouraged artists to develop painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself. His fascination with art began early on in his childhood and he started receiving art lessons when he was seven. He soon realized that becoming an artist was his life’s calling though his parents did not support his ambitions. They wanted him to establish himself in a more stable career, and in accordance with their wishes he went to a business school and started working as a clerk. However, this occupation did not suit him and he suffered from a nervous breakdown. Worried about their son’s well-being, his parents finally let him follow his heart. He went on to study at an art school where he came under the tutelage of Francesco Gali who had a great influence on the young artist. Eventually he established himself as a prominent painter and also became known for his works as a sculptor and ceramicist.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born as Joan Miró i Ferrà on 20 April 1893, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, to Miquel Miró Adzerias and Dolors Ferrà. His father was a goldsmith and watchmaker.

He loved art from a young age and started receiving drawing lessons when he was seven. Both his father’s profession and the scenic beauty of his hometown influenced his own artistic abilities.

As a young man he wanted to pursue a career as an artist much to his parents’ dismay. They wanted him to follow a more conventional career path and establish himself in a stable profession. Thus they convinced him to attend a business school following which he was appointed as a clerk.

However, he suffered a mental and physical breakdown after which he abandoned his job as a clerk. While recovering from his illness he immersed himself in art and began painting in earnest. Concerned about his health and happiness, his parents allowed him to attend art school.

One of his instructors at the art school was Francesco Galí who recognized the boy’s talents and supported him in his artistic pursuits. He helped strengthen Joan Miro’s understanding of spatial quality and exposed him to the tenets of modern art from Paris.

Career

He held his first solo show in 1918 at the Dalmau Gallery. This show however was not well-received by the viewers and he was subjected to considerable ridicule.

During this time he became drawn to ideas of Cubism from abroad and was inspired to join the arts community that was gathering in Montparnasse, France. Thus he moved to Paris in 1920 though he continued to spend his summers in Catalonia.

’The Farm’ which he painted between the summer of 1921 and winter of 1922 was one of his earliest paintings after moving to Paris. The work is regarded as a major milestone in his career, and was purchased by the writer Ernest Hemmingway.

Joan Miro joined the Surrealist group in 1924, and increasingly began exploring symbolism though he did not completely abandon the subject matter. He created several paintings in the ‘Head of a Catalan Peasant’ series which he painted during 1924-25.

During the 1930s he became more experimental and started exploring the techniques of collage and sculptural assemblage. He also started creating sets and costumes for ballets.

He created the 23 gouache series ‘Constellations’ in the early 1940s. By this time, his focus had gradually shifted to the subjects of women, birds, and the moon—motifs which would dominate his art for much of the rest of his career.

He became a major international figure in the world of arts after the World War II. His drawings and paintings were exhibited in many countries and he received several painting commissions.

He created a tapestry for the World Trade Center in New York City together with the Catalan artist Josep Royo, in 1974. This brilliant work of art was unfortunately lost during the September 11 attacks.

He remained active till the very end of his life. His mixed media sculpture ‘The Sun, the Moon and One Star’, created in 1981 was one of his last major works.

Major Works

One of his most significant paintings is the ‘Catalan Landscape’ (1924), in which he depicted a Catalan peasant, engaged simultaneously in the act of shooting a rabbit for his cooking pot and fishing for a sardine for his barbecue.

In the much acclaimed painting ‘Dog Barking at the Moon’ (1926), he painted a colorful dog barking at the moon. While the bright colors lend playfulness to the painting, the dark background and the vast empty spaces between the subjects produce a sense of loneliness and mystery.

His 1953 painting ‘Ladders Cross the Blue Sky in a Wheel of Fire’ is another one of his major works. The colorful painting has a cheerful and happy feel to it, and depicts the sun, moon, and stars, which the artist held in reverence.

Awards & Achievements

He received the Venice Biennale print making prize in 1954.

He was honored with the prestigious Guggenheim International Award in 1958.

Personal Life & Legacy

Joan Miro married Pilar Juncosa on 12 October 1929. The couple had one daughter, Dolors, born on 17 July 1931. They had a happy and stable marriage.

He lived a long life and died on 25 December 1983, at the age of 90. He suffered from heart disease.

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Joan Miró awards

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1958 - Guggenheim International Award
1954 - Venice Biennale Grand Prize for Graphic Work
1980 - Gold Medal of Fine Arts

Joan Miró biography timelines

  • // 20th Apr 1893
    He was born as Joan Miró i Ferrà on 20 April 1893, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, to Miquel Miró Adzerias and Dolors Ferrà. His father was a goldsmith and watchmaker.
  • // 1918
    He held his first solo show in 1918 at the Dalmau Gallery. This show however was not well-received by the viewers and he was subjected to considerable ridicule.
  • // 1920
    During this time he became drawn to ideas of Cubism from abroad and was inspired to join the arts community that was gathering in Montparnasse, France. Thus he moved to Paris in 1920 though he continued to spend his summers in Catalonia.
  • // 1921 To 1922
    ’The Farm’ which he painted between the summer of 1921 and winter of 1922 was one of his earliest paintings after moving to Paris. The work is regarded as a major milestone in his career, and was purchased by the writer Ernest Hemmingway.
  • // 1924
    Joan Miro joined the Surrealist group in 1924, and increasingly began exploring symbolism though he did not completely abandon the subject matter. He created several paintings in the ‘Head of a Catalan Peasant’ series which he painted during 1924-25.
  • // 1924
    One of his most significant paintings is the ‘Catalan Landscape’ (1924), in which he depicted a Catalan peasant, engaged simultaneously in the act of shooting a rabbit for his cooking pot and fishing for a sardine for his barbecue.
  • // 1926
    In the much acclaimed painting ‘Dog Barking at the Moon’ (1926), he painted a colorful dog barking at the moon. While the bright colors lend playfulness to the painting, the dark background and the vast empty spaces between the subjects produce a sense of loneliness and mystery.
  • // 12th Oct 1929 To 17th Jul 1931
    Joan Miro married Pilar Juncosa on 12 October 1929. The couple had one daughter, Dolors, born on 17 July 1931. They had a happy and stable marriage.
  • // 1953
    His 1953 painting ‘Ladders Cross the Blue Sky in a Wheel of Fire’ is another one of his major works. The colorful painting has a cheerful and happy feel to it, and depicts the sun, moon, and stars, which the artist held in reverence.
  • // 1954
    He received the Venice Biennale print making prize in 1954.
  • // 1958
    He was honored with the prestigious Guggenheim International Award in 1958.
  • // 1974
    He created a tapestry for the World Trade Center in New York City together with the Catalan artist Josep Royo, in 1974. This brilliant work of art was unfortunately lost during the September 11 attacks.
  • // 1981
    He remained active till the very end of his life. His mixed media sculpture ‘The Sun, the Moon and One Star’, created in 1981 was one of his last major works.
  • // 25th Dec 1983
    He lived a long life and died on 25 December 1983, at the age of 90. He suffered from heart disease.

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Joan Miró's FAQ

  • What is Joan Miró birthday?

    Joan Miró was born at 1893-04-20

  • When was Joan Miró died?

    Joan Miró was died at 1983-12-25

  • Where was Joan Miró died?

    Joan Miró was died in Palma, Majorca

  • Which age was Joan Miró died?

    Joan Miró was died at age 90

  • Where is Joan Miró's birth place?

    Joan Miró was born in Barcelona

  • What is Joan Miró nationalities?

    Joan Miró's nationalities is Spanish

  • Who is Joan Miró spouses?

    Joan Miró's spouses is Pilar Juncosa

  • Who is Joan Miró childrens?

    Joan Miró's childrens is Dolores Miró

  • What was Joan Miró universities?

    Joan Miró studied at Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc

  • Who is Joan Miró's father?

    Joan Miró's father is Miquel Miró Adzerias

  • Who is Joan Miró's mother?

    Joan Miró's mother is Dolores Ferrà

  • What is Joan Miró's sun sign?

    Joan Miró is Aries

  • How famous is Joan Miró?

    Joan Miró is famouse as Painter