Joan Miró was born in Barcelona in 1893 and was a key figure of the 20th century avant-garde. His innovative use of line, color and natural forms is seen as the fundamental principle of Surrealist art, that is to say producing works that free the creative potential of the subconscious. His playful imagery and network of lines give a fantastical aspect to his abstract pictures.
After 1924, his stays in Paris brought him into contact with the principal players of the Surrealist movement, including Hans Arp, André Breton, Paul Eluard, Max Ernst, André Masson and Tristan Tzara. In 1954, he was awarded the Grand Prix of the Venice Biennale. As a painter, sculptor engraver and ceramist, his influence extended to art of the post-war years, notably American Abstract Expressionism. Miró died on Christmas Day 1983, at the age of 90, in Palma de Mallorca. Several major retrospectives have been dedicated to his work since the first one, held in 1941, at MoMA, New York.
From the original works of the book Parler Seul
Joan Miró, Parler Seul, 1948-1950
© Successió Miró / ADAGP, Paris 2019