Joan Miró i Ferrà (April 20, 1893 – December 25, 1983) was a Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramist born in Barcelona, Spain. His work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan and Spanish pride.
Quotes of Joan Miró
- Let’s transplant the primitive soul to the ultramodern New York, inject his soul with the noise of the subway, of the 'el', and may his brain become a long street of buildings 224 stories high. [Barcelona Dada, 1917]
- In: a letter to Enric C. Ricart, 1 October 1917; as quoted in Calder Miró, ed. Elizabeth Hutton Turner / Oliver Wick; Philip Wilson Publishers, London 2004, p. 47
- Down with the Mediterranean!
- In: Calder Miro, ed. Elizabeth Hutton Turner / Oliver Wick; Philip Wilson Publishers, London 2004, p. 32
- Miro's verbal statement at a Surrealist demonstration, against the supremacy of Classical culture, 1930's
- ..wherever you are, you find the sun, a blade of grass, the spirals of the dragonfly. Courage consists of staying at home, close to nature, which could not care less about our disasters. Each grain of dust contains the soul of something marvellous. [Miró admonished art-critic Georges Duthuit]
- In: 'Où allez-vous Miró?' (Where do you go, Miró), Georges Duthuit in Cahiers d’Art 11, nos. 8-10, 1936
- We see ourselves confronted with pure abstraction. Small problems and highly obscure subjects are, if you will, always grand in intention, and the layman would casually and quite undisparagingly trample on them if they were to serve as carpet motifs.
- In: a review of his Bernheim show, G. J. Gros, Fall 1933; as quoted in Calder Miro, ed. Elizabeth Hutton Turner / Oliver Wick; Philip Wilson Publishers, London 2004, p. 81 note 10
- Childhood and magic are married in this poem inscribed in infinity, like traces on walls or cracks in venerable walls, superimposed posters lacerated by wind, rain and poetry; calligraphy and ideograph intermerge in this equation.. ..in this sign).
- In: a letter to art seller Pierre Matisse [son of the famous French artist Henri Matisse, 19 February 1936]; the Pierre Matisse Gallery Archives, The Pierpont Morgan Library New York MA 5020
- And then, as you can see, I give greater and greater importance to the materials I use in my work [c. 1936]. A rich and vigorous material seems necessary to me in order to give the viewer that smack in the face that must happen before reflection intervenes. In this way, poetry is expressed through a plastic medium, and it speaks its own language.
- In: 'Où allez-vous Miro?', Georges Duthuit in Cahiers d’Art 11, nos. 8-10, 1936
- How did I think up my drawings and my ideas for painting? Well I’d come home to my Paris studio in Rue Blomet at night, I’d go to bed, and sometimes I hadn’t any supper. I saw things, and I jotted them down in a notebook. I saw shapes on the ceiling..
- from: Miro, on English Wikipedia
- his statement on 'automatic painting and drawing', explaining the start of his work 'Harlequin’s Carnival', strongly admired by Surrealists like André Breton
- The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me. I'm overwhelmed when I see, in an immense sky, the crescent of the moon, or the sun. There, in my pictures, tiny forms in huge empty spaces. Empty spaces, empty horizons, empty plains - everything which is bare has always greatly impressed me. —** from: English Wikipedia, Joan Miró, 1958, as quoted in Twentieth-Century Artists on Art
- Painting must be fertile. It must give birth to a world.. ..it must fertilize the imagination.
- from: Taillandier, 1959; as quoted in Calder Miró, ed. Elizabeth Hutton Turner / Oliver Wick; Philip Wilson Publishers, London 2004, p. 82, note 24
- I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
- from: Joan Miro: Selected Writings and Interviews, M.Rowell, Thames and Hudson, 1987
- I begin my work under the effect of shock, which I can sense and which gets me on the run from reality.. .In any case, I need a starting point, even if it’s just a speck of dust or a gleam of light).
- In: On the Readability of Signs; Miro’s path from Mysterious to Comic Pictorial signs, Sylvia Martin; Düsseldorf 2002, p. 67
- To gain freedom is to gain simplicity.
- Joan Miró, Joan Miró Foundation[specific citation needed]
Quotes about Miro
- Miro came of age as an artist just at the time World War 1. ended. With the end of the war came the end of all the new pre-war art conceptions. A young painter could not start as a Cubist or a Futurist, and Dada was the only manifestation at the moment. Miro began by painting farm scenes from the countryside of Barcelona, his native land.. .A few years later he came to Paris [circa 1914] and found himself among the Dadaists who were, at that time, transmuting into Surrealism. In spite of this contact Miró kept aloof from any direct influence and showed a series of canvases in which form submitted to strong colouring expressed a new two-dimensional cosmogony, in no way related to abstraction.
- Marcel Duchamp in: 'Appreciations of other artists': Joan Miro (painter, sculptor author) 1946, by Marcel Duchamp; as quoted in Catalog, Collection of the Societé Anonyme, eds. Michel Sanouillet / Elmer Peterson, London 1975, pp. 143- 159
- ..I’ve been touched, in the work of Miró and Pollock, by a Surrealist – by Surrealist I mean 'associative' – quality. It’s what comes through in association after your eye has experienced the surface as a great picture; it is incidental but can be enriching.
- Helen Frankenthaler in: 'Interview with Helen Frankenthaler', Henry Geldzahler; Artforum' 4. no. 2, October 1965, pp. 37-38