Janis Mink Miro (Basic Art)

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Miro (Basic Art)

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One of a series of monographs introducing the work of 20th-century artists, this text is devoted to the life and career of the Surrealist Joan Miro. Born in Barcelona, Miro became enthralled by the work of the Cubist and Fauvist artists, who influenced his early style. His free-form abstractions draw on fantasy, dream and myth, and many have been characterized as attempts at psychic automatism, or direct transmission from the subconscious. After 1930 he developed his lyrical mature style, distinguished by playful justaposition of freely-flowing lines and brightly-coloured abstract or organic forms. During World War II Miro created a series of works known as "The Constellations" in response to the disasters of war. Later he produced a series of monumental works, including murals for hotels and universities, and a huge ceramic mural for the UNESCO building in Paris. His other work includes a large body of lithographs, a medium especially suited to his simplified forms. Illustrated with more than 70 of his works, this book offers an overview of Joan Miro's prolific career.

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This title in the Modern Masters series focuses on the work of Joan Miro, one of the painters most often associated with surrealism. Miro studied art in his native Barcelona before joining the Paris art scene in the 1920s. Fantasy, dreams, and myths played an important role in Miro's early works, many of which are included in the more than 70 full-color reproductions of paintings, sculptures, and tapestries in this collection. This is a fine introduction to the monumental works of one of the foremost artists of the 20th century.

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Janis Mink studied art history at Smith College and gained her doctorate in Hamburg under Martin Warnke. She is presently a writer and curator.

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