Joan Miro

Joan Miro is a famous Spanish artist and best known for his abstract art from the 20th century

Joanmiro.co.uk brings you detailed information on the artist himself, alongside large images of his most famous oil paintings.

Miro was an abstract painter who deliberately fought against traditional styles within art that he felt were too old fashioned, restrictive and boring.

The famous artist held a consistent style within his modern art and this has since been incorporated into recent advertising campaigns and print work, despite coming so many years after his career passed away.

This creative, abstract painter used circles and dashes with bold colours for many years and this helped him to establish a signature style in a similar way to brands within the present day.

This famous Spanish painter and innovator, over the course of his life, had great changes in mood and aspirations for his art, and this is reflected in the diversity of this exhibition that attempts to educate more than the usual artistic retrospective which normally concentrate solely on grabbing headlines with specific art works.

If you need to find out more about this talented artist, you can find out more on the Joan Miro wikipedia page which holds contributions from many art fans in this huge online community.

Miro's work was classified loosely as surrealist, and this quickly led to comparisons with fellow Catalan painter, Salvador Dali. Dali masterpieces included the likes of Elephants and The Persistence of Memory, famously incorporating melting clocks. Related Spanish artists include Cubists Juan Gris and Pablo Picasso.

Joan Miro was another Spanish artist who was deeply impacted by the Spanish Civil War. Facism rarely finds a middle ground with modern artists, as seen in Germany too. The likes of Picasso and other contemporary artists would not be accepted by these ultra conservative regimes and as such many were forced to move abroad to make the most of their creative talents.

London's Tate Modern in 2011 hosted a huge exhibition of the best Joan Miro paintings from the 14th of April to the 11th of September. The early news on the London Miro exhibition promised over 150 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints from moments across the six decades of his extraordinary career. There is a full coverage of his life and this exhibition offered more space for each visitor after problems with previous Tate Modern exhibitions.

Joan Miro achieved innovation within his career that helped him to stand out from all the other established artists to have risen from Spain. The famous Spaniard is best known for his oil on canvas paintings but there were also several art mediums in which he excelled, and these are also covered within Joanmiro.co.uk.

Red Sun

Red Sun is featured in several artworks, amongst a series of work by Miro. The painting shown here is the most popular of those, and also the most abstract. The Red Sun from 1948 is another in the series worth taking a look at and that work currently sits in The Phillips Collection, Washington DC.

There has been much discussion about the symbolism used by Miro in these paintings, but very few definitive conclusions over the meaning of the Red Sun specifically nor the elements that surround the main focus of each of these series elements.

Singing Fish

Singing Fish is instantly recognisable as the work of Miro, combining highly abstract shapes to represent the artist's imagination. The key focal point in this painting is the head of the fish which looks out to the top left of the canvas, with it's eye represented by two abstract circles.

Bleu II

Bleu II is a well known painting from the career of Joan Miro, and features his typical abstract style of dots and dashes of paint in bold primary colours that leave a simple finish, differentiating hugely from traditional art methods that Miro was very much against.

Bleu II is particularly popular as a reproduction copy, with many Joan Miro fans choosing it in the forms of art prints, posters and stretched canvases for their own homes with this abstract style suiting most contemporary homes.

Joan Miro is remembered as a true revolutionary within art and he originally came from Barcelona which has produced some of the most influential minds within European contemporary arts.

There are numerous influences at any one time in this key Spanish city and as such it was easy for Miro to try out a whole array of art movements, with him being most respected for his work within the fields of painting, sculpture, murals and ceramics.

Kopf

Kopf above features the frequent colour combination of Joan Miro with reds and black sitting menacingly together. Kopf for this reason has become another common choice for reproduction for fans of Miro's career, who can typically be found all across Europe and North America.

It is the intention of this homepage of Joanmiro.co.uk to offer as varied content as possible and feature each of the different combinations of colour used by Miro.

Kopf offers us the common way in which Miro depicted eyes in his highly abstract career. Simple shapes and clear colours always made eyes a focal point of his various abstract portraits.

Barcelona

Barcelona was the birthplace of Miro and also a city of which he was very fond, becoming inspired by it's rich heritage within the arts that continues to be strong today.

A fundamental part of the city's prestige is it's football club of FC Barcelona and the painting above indicates how Miro combined it's iconic team badge into one of his paintings which was seen as a gift to the people of his favourite city which currently holds the largest collection of his career works.

Milano

Milano in Italy was another city featured by Miro and that painting is shown above. It follows a similar style to his art work on FC Barcelona though without a badge this time.

Joan Miro used black to contrast against his primary colours and this approach was continued throughout a long period of his career once he had settled on a modern art abstract direction.

Carnival of Harlequin

Carnival of Harlequin often reminds me of the work of Salvador Dali, including his melting clocks, particularly on the right hand side of the painting where objects appear to be drooping over the side of a blue surface.

At the time of this carnival painting, Miro was producing works with huge amounts of abstract detail which would keep the eye focused and interested right across the canvas. It features a mixture of abstract and surrealism, reflecting his influences from artists of those two groups.

Femme Assise

Femme Assise offers bright colours and abstract shapes, leaving a clearly defined finish which oozes Miro. The title of this painting translates as Seated Woman, and is the first of a series on this topic by the artist.

Peinture Composition

Peinture Composition, or painting composition, continues the abstract shapes of Miro and

Lune Verte

Lune Verte

Terre Labouree

Terre Labouree

Vuelo de Pajaros

Vuelo de Pajaros

Oro dell Azzurro

Oro dell Azzurro

Dog Barking at the Moon

Dog Barking at the Moon

Melancholic Singer

Melancholic Singer

Libelle Mit Roten Flugeln Eine Schlange Jagend

Libelle Mit Roten Flugeln Eine Schlange Jagend

Figur Gegen Rote Sonne II

Figur Gegen Rote Sonne II

Ballerina II

Ballerina II

Entwurf Fur Eine Tapisserie

Entwurf Fur Eine Tapisserie

Personnage et Oiseaux

Personnage et Oiseaux

Et Fixe Les Cheveux D'une Etoile

Et Fixe Les Cheveux D'une Etoile

Upside Down Figures

Upside-Down Figures

Daybreak Tagesanbruch

Daybreak Tagesanbruch

Untitled

Untitled

L'Oiseau au Plumage Deploye

L'Oiseau au Plumage Deploye

Terre Labouree

Terre Labouree

Portrait

Portrait

Portrait of Vincent Nubiola

Portrait of Vincent Nubiola

The Farm

The Farm

Miro's Chicago

Miro's Chicago

Man and Woman in Front of a Pile of Excrement

Man and Woman in Front of a Pile of Excrement

Still Life with Old Shoe

Still Life with Old Shoe

Hunter

Hunter

Dona i Ocell

Dona i Ocell

The Reaper

The Reaper

Dutch Interior

Dutch Interior

Ciphers and Constellations in Love with a Woman

Ciphers and Constellations in Love with a Woman

Birth of the World

Birth of the World

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

Hands Flying Off Toward the Constellations

Hands Flying Off Toward the Constellations

Person Throwing Stone at Bird

Person Throwing Stone at Bird

Hirondelle Amour

Hirondelle Amour

Woman and Bird in the Moonlight

Woman and Bird in the Moonlight

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man

List of Famous Joan Miro Paintings

The best paintings by Miro are included within this homepage, and see below for a summarised list of the most important paintings to have come from his career.

  • Dog Barking at the Moon
  • Night
  • Torso
  • Oro dell Azzurro
  • Femme
  • Vuelo de Pajaros
  • Obra
  • Terre Labouree
  • Lune Verte
  • Peinture Composition
  • Femme Assise
  • Singing Fish
  • Red Sun
  • Carnival of Harlequin
  • Bleu II
  • Barcelona
  • Kopf
  • Milano
  • Melancholic Singer

List of Joan Miro's Areas of Expertise

Joan Miro was skilled in many different fields and took influences from others within native Barcelona and also from beyond the city's boundaries. Find a list below of the most important fields in which Joan Miro gained academic approval.

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Mural
  • Ceramics