Joan Miro Bio

Joan Miró i Ferrà, Spanish (1893 1983)

Joan Miro was a world renowned Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramist who was born in the sea port city of Barcelona.

As his father was a watch-maker and his mother a goldsmith, he was exposed to the arts from a very young age. There have been some drawings recovered by Miro dating to 1901, when he was only 8 years old. Miro enrolled at the School of Industrial and Fine Arts in Barcelona until 1910; during his attendance he was taught by Modest Urgell and Josep Pascó.

After overcoming a serious bout of typhoid fever in 1911, Miro decided to devote his life entirely to painting by attending the school of art taught by Francesc Galí. He studied at La Lonja School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, and in 1918 set up his first individual exhibition in the Dalmau Galleries, in the same city. His works before 1920 (the date of his first trip to Paris) reflect the influence of different trends, like the pure and brilliant colors used in Fauvism, shapes taken from cubism, influences from folkloric Catalan art and Roman frescos from the churches.

His trip to Paris introduced him to and developed his trend of surrealist painting. In 1921, he showed his first individual exhibition in Paris, at La Licorne Gallery. In 1928, he exhibited with a group of surrealists in the Pierre Gallery, also in Paris, although Miró was always to maintain his independent qualities with respect to groups and ideologies.

From 1929-1930, Miró began to take interest in the object as such, in the form of collages. This was a practice which was to lead to his making of surrealist sculptures. His tormented monsters appeared during this decade, which gave way to the consolidation of his plastic vocabulary. He also experimented with many other artistic forms, such as engraving, lithography, water colors, pastels, and painting over copper. What is particularly highlighted from this period, are the two ceramic murals which he made for the UNESCO building in Paris (The Wall of the Moon and the Wall of the Sun, 1957-59).

It was at the end of the 60´s when his final period was marked and which lasted until his death. During this time, he concentrated more and more on monumental and public works. He was characterized by the body language and freshness with which he carried out his canvasses, as well as the special attention he paid to material and the stamp he received from informalism. He concentrated his interest on the symbol, not giving too much importance to the representing theme, but to the way the symbol emerged as the piece of work. Miro had a very eccentric style that is the embodiment of his unique approach to his artwork.

In 1976 the Joan Miró Foundation Centre of Contemporary Art Study was officially opened in the city of Barcelona and in 1979, four years before his death, he was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Barcelona.

Artworks




"Amnesty International" Color Lithograph by Joan Miro

Title: "Amnesty International" 1975

Medium: Color Lithograph

Unframed Size: Image Size: 35 1/4” x 23 7/8” , Sheet Size: 35 1/4” x 23 7/8”

Asking Price: $12,500.00



"Joan Miro Lithographs Volume I - Cover"  1972

Title: "Joan Miro Lithographs Volume I - Cover" 1972

Medium: Color Lithograph

Unframed Size: Image 10.25" x 13"

Asking Price: $2,250.00



"Joan Miro Lithographs Volume II - Cover" 1975 Color Lithograph by Joan Miro

Title: "Joan Miro Lithographs Volume II - Cover" 1975

Medium: Color Lithograph

Unframed Size: 10.25" x 13"

Asking Price: $2,250.00



"L'Exile Vert" etching and aquatint with carborundum by Joan Miro

Title: "L’Exile Vert" 1969

Medium: Etching and aquatint with carborundum in colors on Mandeure paper

Unframed Size: Image: 39 1/2 x 23 1/4 in. (100.5 x 59 cm.), Sheet: 40 3/8 x 27 1/2 in. (102.5 x 70 cm.)

Asking Price: $29,500.00



"La Chevelure de Berenice II" 1963 Color Etching with Aquatint by Joan Miro

Title: "La Chevelure de Berenice II" 1963

Medium: Color Etching with Aquatint

Unframed Size: Image Size: 27” x 18.5” , Sheet Size: 35.6” x 24.8”

Asking Price: $17,000.00



"La Creation" Lithograph by Joan Miro

Title: "La Creation"

Medium: Lithograph/Japon Paper

Unframed Size: 19.75" x 14"

Asking Price: $10,500.00 - Owner will consider any reasonable offer - Framed



"Le Magdaleniens" 1958 etching and aquatint in color by Joan Miro

Title: "Le Magdaleniens" 1958

Medium: Etching and aquatint in color on wove paper

Unframed Size: Image: 4 5/8” x 5 5/8” (10 1/3 x 14 cm.)

Asking Price: $18,500.00



"Le Puisatier" 1969 Etching with Aquatint and Carborundum by Joan Miro

Title: "Le Puisatier" 1969

Medium: Etching and aquatint with carborundum on wove paper

Unframed Size: Image: 38 3/4 x 23 3/8 in. (98.5 x 59.5 cm.), Sheet: 41 3/4 x 26 1/4 in. (106 x 67.5 cm.)

Asking Price: $27,500.00



"Le Roi David" 1972 Color Etching With Aquatint by Joan Miro

Title: "Le Roi David" 1972

Medium: Color Etching with Aquatint

Unframed Size: Image Size: 23.26” x 24.8” , Sheet Size: 27” x 24.8”

Asking Price: $13,500.00



"Miro a l’eucre I"  1972 Color Lithograph by Joan Miro

Title: "Miro a l’eucre I" 1972

Medium: Color Lithograph

Unframed Size: Image Size: 14.1” x 10.4” (35.8 x 26.5 cm)

Asking Price: $2,250.00



"Miro Lithographs Volume I – Lithograph VI" 1972 by Joan Miro

Title: "Miro Lithographs Volume I – Lithograph VI" 1972

Medium: Color Lithograph

Unframed Size: 10.25" x 13"

Asking Price: $2,250.00



"Miro Lithographs Volume I – Lithograph VII" 1972 color lithograph by Joan Miro

Title: "Miro Lithographs Volume I – Lithograph VII" 1972

Medium: Color Lithograph

Unframed Size: 10.25" x 26"

Asking Price: $2,750.00



"Miro Lithographs Volume IV – Lithograph II"  1981 Color Lithograph by Joan Miro

Title: "Miro Lithographs Volume IV – Lithograph II" 1981

Medium: Color Lithograph

Framed Size: 10.25" x 13"

Asking Price: $2,250.00



Color Lithograph from "Hommage a Joan Miro" by Joan Miro

Title: From "Hommage a Joan Miro"

Medium: Color Lithograph

Unframed Size: 12.8” x 19” (32.5 x 48.3 cm)

Asking Price: $2,250.00