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Miro, Joan


drypoint & aquatint on paper, ed. 36/75

1973 Purchase

Joan Miro was an influential practitioner of Surrealism. He assimilated European modernist styles -- Fauvist color and German Expressionism -- to create highly abstract compositions with loosely drawn forms suspended in dream-like, shallow space. Describing his methods, Miro said, "I begin painting and . . . the picture begins to assert itself under my brush . . . the first stage is free, unconscious. The second stage is carefully calculated."

In the 1960s, Miro focused on expressive and dynamic forms. In "Personnage" he created an atmospheric field with a network of delicate lines and forms without a focal point. The style of "Personnage" dramatically influenced many Abstract Expressionist artists who incorporated Miro's approach to their method of "all over" painting.