A Catalan Painter’s Serendipitous Encounter with Joan Miró Reply

Joan MiroIn this 50-minute video Catalan painter, Eva Bosch, comments on the life and work of surrealist Spanish painter, sculptor, print maker and ceramicist, Joan Miró, the artist who portrayed humankind’s infantile subconscious. (Bosch interviewed Miró in 1980 when she was an undergraduate by showing up at the gate to his house in Palma and chatting up the gardener.) Born in Barcelona in 1893, Miró belonged to the generation after the great modernist architect, Antoni Gaudí, and grew up immersed in the Art Noveau atmosphere that prevailed in Catalunya–not only in architecture, but also in fine art, handicrafts, furniture design, etc.–at that time. Miró achieved worldwide recognition in Paris between 1920 and the outbreak of World War II, when he took refuge and continued creating in his mother’s home city of Palma de Mallorca.

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