Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Joan Miró, Spanish, 1893 - 1983
Pastel and graphite on sandpaper
Currently not on view
1950-134-148The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
LabelThe Catalan visionary/Surrealist painter and graphic artist Joan Miró encountered in Paris in the early 1920s the ideas of the Dada and Surrealist poets concerning psychic automatism and the suspension of reason in the creative process in favor of an unstructured, fragmented, or emotional reality. Concerning the spontaneity he sought in conceiving his compositions of the 1920s and 1930s, the artist stated, "It is difficult for me to speak of my painting, for it is always born in a state of hallucination provoked by some shock or other, objective or subjective, for which I am entirely irresponsible" (James Thrall Soby, Joan Miró, New York, 1959, p. 7). The years around 1923 to 1925 had seen Miró's paintings evolve from a grounding in more or less straightforward quasi-realism to the fantasy abstraction that characterizes his mature style.