Serie Gaudi

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Joan Miró

Spanish, 1893 - 1983

Serie Gaudi, 1979

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Etching and aquatint on paper

Dimensions: 17 × 12 3/4 in. (43.2 × 32.4 cm)

Gift of the family of Carroll W. Driggett, 2001.17

The son of a goldsmith and jewelry maker, Joan Miró received his artistic training in Barcelona, Spain, at the School of Fine Art, and the Academy Gali. Although his early work shows Cubist tendencies, it was Surrealism which emphasized dreams and fantasy that had a pronounced effect on his artistic endeavors during the 1920s. As immersed as Miró was in the theories of Surrealism, he never fully integrated himself into the group of artists who shared these ideals. His work of the 1930s shows the emerging, unique elements of his style, characterized by brilliant colors and simplified forms that are reminiscent of children’s art.An industrious painter and sculptor, Miró was also a prolific printmaker who created numerous editions of prints during his lifetime. In Serie Gaudi, Miró pays homage to his fellow Catalonian, the architect Antoni Gaudi. The complex interplay of colors and curved forms in this abstract depiction of figures in a landscape recalls the multicolored, mosaic encrusted architecture of Gaudi’s Art Nouveau era buildings in Barcelona.

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