April 20 ~  Meaning Comes Later Joan Miro 1917–1934

"The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later." ~ Joan Miró

Joan Miró

With creativity rising with passion, surrealist painter and sculptor Joan Miró Ferra (1893- 1983) was born on this day in Barcelona, Spain, the son of a goldsmith.

In 1920, he moved to Paris, the culturally-rich center of the art world, and experimented with Fauvist and Cubist styles. Inspired by Pablo Picasso, Miró created his abstract vision that delved into the subconsious.

With the spontaneous process of automatism, he allowed his subconscious to create, using imagination, dreams, and fantasy. Miró made magic flow without self-doubt or expectations.

He once said: "I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music."

Miró captivated his critics with impish delight. There is a feeling of liberation and power in his work. With rich primary colors and easy lines, he brought forth his craft with boldness and delight. "I am not an abstract painter," he said, "but a lover of nature."

After the invasion of Paris by Nazi Germany, Miró returned to Spain's beautiful island of Majorca to live. Turning to printmaking and posters, his art celebrated Catalan culture.

"The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness," the avant-garde artist said.

Meaning Comes.