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April 20

Joan Miró

Joan Miro and the Surrealists had a huge impact in the development of modern art as an experimental and unconventional art form.

Joan Miró, Spanish, 1893-1983, Ciphers and Constellations in Love with a Woman, 1941. 1953.338 Reproduction, The Art Institute of Chicago.

1893: Señor of Surreal
Joan Miró is born in Barcelona, Spain
The playful works of the Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miró are admired and appreciated around the world today, but when he first created them, they shocked viewers. No one had ever seen serious paintings filled with colorful, cartoon-like blobs, some of which looked like animals or eyes or socks floating across the canvas.

Miró, who early in his career painted landscapes and still-lifes of recognizable objects, didn’t care about what people thought about his style of painting. What he cared about was rejecting what he saw as people’s narrow assumptions of what art was…and was not. He was part of a group of artists called the Surrealists, working in the 1920s that was creating art filled with startling, funny, or just plain odd images.
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