Friday, May 4, 2012

El Pintor Joan Miró

Everyone knows Catalan artist Salvador Dalí, his infamous wild mustache and surrealist paintings of barren landscapes with melted watches. His artwork of strange symbols, human body parts and queer animal shapes fascinate people. Yet, I have never been drawn to his work as I have with Joan Miró, an artist born in Barcelona who grew up in the Gothic quarter.

I find Miró’s artwork fascinating enough to observe for long periods of time. The colors used in his work are vibrant, strong and saturated. I am drawn to the abstract symbols employed in his paintings to distinguish female and male figures. Miró’s surrealist paintings are usually recognizable because of the distinct artistic language he created in his work, the solid black lines intersecting at different points on the canvas with dots at the end to symbolize constellations, the three lines to indicate a person or eight thin lines in reference to the stars.

I like the movement of his lines rising and falling at different points, the abstract symbols, and the energy of the colors when you see the bright blaus, grocs, and vermells that overpower the viewer. Aside from paintings, Mirò also created sculptures, murals and ceramics.

Visit the Joan Miró Foundation in Montjuïc Park to view his work. I was there recently and visitors are not allowed to take pictures anymore inside the museum, unless you are with a group visiting and have permission from the reception desk. A museum usher will quickly approach you and ask you to put away your camera if you are caught trying to snap a picture of Miró's artwork. Lucky for me I flashed my yellow tag to show I had permission. Even then I got a dismissive look from one annoyed usher. Some visitors did the old I-am-just-resting-my-finger-on-the-shutter-button and surreptitiously photographed artwork.

The museum's setting is located on top of Monjuïc mountain where if you go out to the terrace to view more Miró sculptures, you will find a fantastic view of Barcelona and Montjuïc. 


Maquette of Lovers With Almond Blossoms.
Figure In Front Of the Sun 1968
Portrait of a Young Girl 1919
Figure 1969
Sir, Madam
The Gold of the Azure 1967
Tapestry of the Foundation 1979
Woman and Bird

The Day 1974--my favorite

Woman Dreaming of Escape 1945


  1. I am totally with you on the Dali vs. Miró thing. I really enjoyed the Miró museum, but was rushed out before I finished. I must return because I didn´t see so many of the sculptures you posted.

  2. Nice post, I’m conducting some research and on abstract painters and abstract artists. Can I add this link to my ever going reference on abstract paintings?


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