Joan Miró, 1893-1983

Joan Miró, 1893-1983

Book - 2006
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Mir#65533;'s world of forms resembling shorthand symbols Joan Mir#65533; (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, Mir#65533; encountered the intellectual avant-garde of his time. His friends included Francis Picabia, Tristan Tzara, Andr#65533; Masson, Jean Arp and Pablo Picasso.

From the mid-twenties onward, Mir#65533; 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 now on, the surfaces are defined by numerals, writing, abstract emblems, and playful figures and creatures.

Nineteen forty four 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 Mir#65533; developed in several stages his characteristic flowing calligraphic style and his world of forms resembling shorthand symbols. About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Art series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Taschen GmbH, c2006
ISBN: 9783822859759
3822859753
Characteristics: 96 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Miro

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