Joan Miró, Personages with Star, 1933


Joan Miro, Personages with Star, 1933, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

One of my personal top five favorites, Joan Miró, born on April 20th, 1893, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain! Miró is widely interpreted as a Surrealist, however, while his work does appear to have elements of Surrealism and automatism (a method which removes the artist’s thought process from their work and allows them to paint freely without predetermination or conception), Miró never fully abandoned subject matter, an aspect of Surrealism that is most recognized, nor did he fully employ automatism (upon inspection of some of his sketches it has been discovered that Miró meticulously prepped and planned out his works). Therefor, to call Miró a fully committed Surrealist would only be telling half of truth. It comes as no surprise that Joan Miró was an admirer of Dada as well, a movement that is basically anti-art, that emerged at the beginning of the first World War and that rejected any logic, reason or aesthetics of modern society. Miró thought of classical painting methods as supporter of bourgeoisie society, which is essentially the complete opposite of Dadaism, an anti-bourgeoisie movement. In 1974 Miró was commissioned to create a tapestry for the New York World Trade Center. Initially not wanting to create a tapestry, Joan changed his mind after being shown the craft by his collaborator on the work, a fellow Catalan artist Josep Royo. The work was displayed in the building. On the morning of September 11th, 2001, the building fell in what is known as the most devastating event in USA history, taking the lives of close to 3000 people, and destroying the tapestry Miró and Royo created. Pictured here is Joan Miró, Personages with Star, 1933, at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

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