Biography of Joan Miro in the new post dedicated to art

Joan Miro y Ferra will become famous all over the world as a symbol of indisputable beauty. His works of art have given unique images and objects, to the point that today Joan Miro is synonymous with high quality art.

And to say that fate, and especially his family, wanted him to be a chartered accountant or notary. But the passion has been able to go beyond certain obligations and launch the Spanish artist Joan towards the Olympus of true artists.

Thanks to him, his hometown – Barcelona, ​​Spain – will also gain visibility and increase the charm that is only now being rediscovered. Retrace the life of this great artist and an interesting and fascinating journey along which we will accompany you in the new post dedicated to art

Miro’s art between Barcelona and Paris

Joan Miro was born in Barcelona on April 20, 1893 , the son of a watchmaker who had already decided on a notary career for him. The young Joan follows commercial studies, but in exchange he obtains the “whim” of a private evening school of drawing (Joan starts from an early age with drawing, for which he seems very talented) . Of course his skill in this art is immediately evident but it doesn’t seem enough to become his profession.

Due to an illness, however, he is forced to face a long convalescence and in this period he refines his style. Once he graduated in accounting, he enrolled in the Academy of Art and friendships with Fauvist painters did the rest.

In 1920, at the age of 27, he moved to Paris where he became friends with Picasso and other Dadaist artists. Here he meets and marries Pilar, the woman with whom he will have his only daughter, Maria Dolores.

Joan Miro’s worldwide success

Between the 1920s and the Second World War, Miro tries to return to his homeland where he devotes himself to painting and approaches surrealism . At the outbreak of the war he decides to return to Paris to save himself from the Franco dictatorship. From 1944 onwards, he extended his art also to ceramics and bronze sculpture.

The first international awards arrive between 1954 and 1960 : the Venice Biennale (prize for graphics), the Guggenheim Prize, honorary degrees. His works travel all over the world and he never stops producing. He will also devote himself to theatrical scenography and the brand new “mail art”, or the art of creating postmarks and special stamps.

Since 1956 he will decide to live forever in Palma de Mallorca, the Spanish island he is in love with.

The last years and the important works

The acknowledgments at home come only after the death of General Franco and the end of Franco’s dictatorship. From that moment, Joan Miro will also give his works to Spain, in particular his ceramics. He will be his hand to design the official poster of the 1982 World Cup – which also sees Italy win – organized in Spain.

Experimenter to the end, he tried his hand at “four-dimensional painting” when he died at the age of ninety, on the island of Mallorca. Today he rests in the Montjuic cemetery in Barcelona.

Among his universally famous works we remember: Murals of the Sun and the Moon (UNESCO headquarters in Paris), Dona i Ocell (at the Miro Park in Barcelona), I Due Amici , the series of surrealist paintings on Birds, the  Paviment Miro  at the Rambla of Barcelona, ​​The Harlequin Carnival .

The main features of Miro’s works are:

  • the use of bright colors and marked contrasts, the use of fine lines;
  • the ability to surprise with oneiric subjects, fruit of the artist’s imagination;
  • the use of different materials;

Main works by Joan Miro

Here are the main works of Joan Miro placed in chronological order:

  • Nude with a Mirror, 1919
  • Montroig, the church and the village, 1919
  • Animal Composition
  • The farm, 1921-1922
  • The Harlequin Carnival, 1924-1925
  • Ballerina II, 1925
  • The garden, 1925
  • Head of a Catalan Peasant, 1925
  • Dutch Interior series, 1928
  • Ceret
  • The birth of the world
  • Man and woman in front of a pile of excrement, 1936
  • Help Spain, 1937
  • Still life of the sabatot, 1937
  • Portrait, 1938
  • Series des Constellations, 1939-1941
  • Women and Bird at Night, 1945
  • Women and birds in front of the moon
  • Painting, 1954
  • Painting, 1933
  • Family of fowlers, 1955
  • Bleu I, Bleu II, Bleu III, 1961
  • May Salon, 1966
  • July, 1968
  • Daybreak daybreak, 1968
  • Woman at night, 1973
  • The hope of the condemned to death, 1974
  • Bernabe, 1975
  • Star Character, 1978
  • painting, 1978
  • Femme, 1981
  • Seated Woman, 1983
  • Woman and Bird, 1983
  • Constellations-Seibu, 1984
  • Fix the Hair of a Star
  • The Solar Bird
  • Members V (LE)
  • Night
  • Ode To Miro
  • Character and bird
  • Portrait of a Young Girl
  • The singing fish
  • Vladimir
  • flight of birds
  • The melancholy singer
  • Labyrinth