Joan Miró books
Joan Miró books
Converted into one of the great figures of contemporary art of the twentieth century, Joan Miró explored all forms of artistic expression through a personal and inimitable language, a reflection of his nonconformist character and boundless creativity.
The works of Joan Miró published by Dosde approach the valuable artistic legacy of this key figure of the vanguards, an artist constantly concerned about developing alternative techniques to traditional painting who was able to continuously reinvent his style. Through these books, you can see Joan Miró's most representative works, as well as the influences and historical events that marked the long career of the painter.
Information about Joan Miró
Recognised internationally as one of the most original artists of the twentieth century, Joan Miró i Ferra knew how to combine an extraordinary capacity for work with a boundless imagination in order to shape a unique, creative universe. Born in Barcelona in 1893, the painter demonstrated his thirst for experimentation from his training period, when he became interested in the plastic possibilities of avant-garde trends, as is explained by books on Joan Miró. Thanks to his relationship with the Surrealist movement, Miró, who made incursions into disciplines such as sculpture and theatre, could evolve towards a more personal style, oblivious to all conventions.
After a phase dedicated to researching new ways to break the boundaries of traditional painting, the artist refined his language, introducing his most recognisable signs of identity into his works. Determined not to fall into creative stagnation, Miró continued to work with an irrepressible passion until shortly before his death in Palma de Mallorca in 1983.
Miró was born on the 20th of April in 1893 in Barcelona, the city in which he spent most of his childhood and adolescence. Following his father's advice, the artist studied business and started working as an accountant, but due to some health problems, in 1912 he decided to turn his career around and dedicate himself completely to painting.
Books on Joan Miró explain how in 1920 the painter travelled for the first time to Paris, where he would shortly reside. In the French capital, the artist came into contact with the Surrealist group, led by André Breton, and became friends with figures such as Max Jacob, Hans Arp and Max Ernst.
In 1929, Miró got married in Palma de Mallorca to Pilar Juncosa, and nine months later the couple would have their only child, Maria Dolors. This period with so many changes in his private life coincided with a phase of creative experimentation, demonstrated by numerous pictures and collages.
After the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, Miró decided to stay with his wife and daughter in Paris, though the start of the Second World War would force the artist to take refuge for a time in Varengeville-sur-Mer, in the French region of Normandy, where he would embark on his famous Constellation series.
In 1940, due to the advancing German troops, Miró decided to return to Spain with this family. The artist settled first in Palma de Mallorca, and by 1942 he had moved to Barcelona. At this time, the painter was barely known in his country, but was nonetheless better well known in the United States, the new hub of the artist vanguards. This popularity led to him visiting North America on a number of occasions from 1947.
In 1956, Miró definitively moved to Palma de Mallorca, to a house designed by architect Josep Lluís Sert, who also designed a spacious studio in which the artist could comfortably work. There, Miró was able to design large size works, such as the murals of the headquarters of Unesco in Paris, which helped make him even more famous.
As explained in books on Joan Miró, in the last lap of his life, the painter continued working at an intense rate, promoting projects such as the creation of the Joan Miró Foundation and alternating painting on walls and monumental sculptures, amongst which include the emblematic Woman and Bird, shown in Dosde's Miró flipbook. When he could no longer work in his studio, the artist focused on drawing. These were the last sparks of creativity from this painting genius, who passed away in Palma on the 25th of December 1983.