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Joan Miró: 8 Interesting Facts

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Portrait of Joan Miro in front of one of his masterpieces

“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.” – Joan Miró

Joan Miró, painting, 1953
Joan Miró, painting, 1953

1.       At the young age of 7, Joan Miró attended his first drawing class.

2.       He came from an artistic background; his father was a watch maker and his mother was a goldsmith.

3.       In the early 1920s, Miró traveled to Paris and it was there that he met, and was inspired by, Pablo Picasso and many other famous artists.

4.       His early works were influenced by Paul Cezanne and the Fauves (a group of artists in the early 20th century France, that used spontaneous, bold brush strokes and used vivid non-realistic colors to represent nature and objects).

5.       Between 1921 -22 Miró created The Farm, a painting that depicts his family’s farm in north eastern Spain, the painting shows the life of the farm but in an enchanting way. Earnest Hemingway later purchased the piece as a birthday gift for his wife, paying 5,000 francs at the time. Today, it can be viewed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

6.       In 1924 Miró joined the Surrealist group where he contributed paintings, sculptures, and ceramics; quickly establishing himself as one of the most important representatives of the group.

7.       In 1974, Miró created a tapestry for the World Trade Center in New York City. It was the most expensive pieces of artwork lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

8.       Today, Miró’s original artworks are selling at world renounced auctions for over $30 million.

 

Joan Miró, Prades, the Village, 1917
Joan Miró, Prades, the Village, 1917

Joan Miró, Landscape (the hare), 1927
Joan Miró, Landscape (the hare), 1927

Joan Miró, The Farm, 1921-22
Joan Miró, The Farm, 1921-22

Joan Miró, in front of one of  his masterpieces
Joan Miró, in front of one of his masterpieces

Sunday April 20th, we will be celebrating Miró’s birthday by offering 20% off all of his works featured in the gallery!