Joan Miro 1893-1983: The Poet Among the Surrealists (Hardcover)

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Janis Mink studied art history at Smith College and gained her doctorate in Hamburg under Martin Warncke. She is presently a writer and curator.

The artist who upset the establishment

Joan Miró (1893-1983) is one of the most significant Spanish painters of the twentieth century. His early work clearly shows the influence of Fauvism and Cubism. The Catalan landscape also shapes the themes and treatment of these initial works. In his travels, Miró encountered the intellectual avant-garde of his time; his friends included Francis Picabia, Tristan Tzara, André Masson, Jean Arp and Pablo Picasso.

From the mid-twenties onward, Miró strove to leave direct objective references behind and developed the pictograms that typify his style. The pictures of this period, which include perhaps the most beautiful and significant ones of his whole oeuvre, dispense with spatiality and an unambiguous reference to objects. From then on, the surfaces were defined by numerals, writing, abstract emblems, and playful figures and creatures.

The year 1944 saw the beginning of his extensive graphic oeuvre, ceramics, monumental mural works, and sculptures. In these works, too, the Catalan artist sought the solid foundation of a figurative, symbolic art with orientation as regards content: faces, stars, moons, rudimentary animal forms, letters. Joan Miró developed in several stages his characteristic flowing calligraphic style and his world of forms resembling shorthand symbols; from Fauvism to Surrealism by way of his original childlike style, Miró sought to shake up the establishment and made a name for himself in doing so.

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ISBN 9783836531306
Genre ART / Individual Artists / Monographs
Format Hardcover
Pages 96
Publisher Date 2012-06-14 00:00:00.0
Publisher Taschen America Llc
Copyright Year 2012
Height 12.5 in
Wdth 10.25 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 2.04 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Poet Among the Surrealists
Edition Number 25
Edition Detail Anniversary
Audience General/trade
Authors Mink, Janis
Country of Origin United States

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