Joan Miró

1893 - 1983
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Joan Miró, "Danseuse Espagnole", 1926 pencil on paper 63 x 47,5 cm.

Joan Miró (Barcelona, April 20, 1893 – Palma de Mallorca, December 25, 1983) was a Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona and considered one of the most important representative of the surrealist movement. His work shows an interest for the subconscious, the “infantile” and his country. His first works reflect certain fauvist, cubist and expressionist influences. His acclaimed painting La Masía from 1920 marks the end of this period. In Paris his work becomes more oneiric, thus conforming with one of the surrealist most precious principles. It is at this time when Miró decides to abandon traditional artistic methods and proposes his “assassination of painting” as a means to favour a purely free form of expression.