JOAN MIRO

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SPANISH PAINTER, SCULPTOR & CERAMICIST

Joan Miró i Ferrà (April 20, 1893 – December 25, 1983) born in Barcelona.  Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as  Surrealism but with a personal style, sometimes also veering into Fauvism and Expressionism. He was notable for his interest in the unconscious or the subconscious mind, reflected in his re-creation of the childlike. His difficulty to classify works also had a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and declared an "assassination of painting" in favor of upsetting the visual elements of established painting.

Miró has been a significant influence on late 20th-century art, in particular the American  abstract expressionist artists such as Motherwell, Calder, Gorky, Pollock, Matta and Rothko, while his lyrical abstractions[66] and color field paintings were precursors of that style by artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Olitski and Louis and others.  His work has also influenced modern designers, including Paul Rand and Lucienne Day and influenced

recent painters such as Julian Hatton.