Joan Miro was born in Barcelona on 20 April 1893 and started
drawing when he was seven years old. He started working when he
was 17 but had a breakdown the same year. But by 1913 he was
beginning to exhibit his paintings and by 1918 he enjoyed his
first one-man exhibition comprised of 64 paintings and drawings.
Among those with whom this surrealist
painter rubbed elbows were Max Ernst, Wassily
Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Pierre Bonnard,
Man Ray, Pierre Matisse, Clement Greenberg
and Jackson Pollock. But unlike some of his friends, he was in a
highly disciplined way and was not a womanizer.
When Miro first visited the United States
in 1947, he was already famous and his paintings full of sex, playfulness, nature, fear, anger and
plenty of human
excrement were in great demand. He made a total of five trips to the
In the mid-50s he was commissioned by
UNESCO to design two long walls outside
new headquarters in Paris. He did both 3-meter-high walls using
hundreds of intensely colored ceramic tiles. When completed, the Sun
Wall and Moon Wall were warmly received by the public
as well as critics.
Below we list some of Miro's most famous paintings.
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