Joan Miro

Spanish ceramicist, painter and sculptor Joan Miró was born in Barcelona in April 1893. In his early career, he painted landscapes and still-lifes, influenced by Romanesque churches and folk art found around in his birthplace. However, he famously began to openly deplore traditional painting methods due to its association with bourgeois society and moved more towards more contemporary methods. His 1921 relocation to Paris and exposure to the Fauvist, Cubist and Surrealist movements of the time caught Miró’s attention, particularly Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Further, works by Andreas Breton and his circle affected Mirós profoundly, affecting substantial changes to his artistic style, and spelled the beginning of a lifelong period of artistic experimentation, never adhering to just one particular style or technique.