Joan Miró 1893–1983

Joan Miró was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1893. Although his parents wanted their son to be a businessman, Miró was drawn to art, and so he studied painting at Francesc Galí’s Escola d’Art in Barcelona from 1912 to 1915. In 1920, Miró moved to Paris where he was quickly caught up in the fiercely cultural atmosphere. He struck up a friendship with fellow expat Pablo Picasso, who took Miró under his wing and introduced him to many of the artists and writers living in the city. Miró soon became friends with Ernest Hemmingway, who bought his masterpiece The Farm in 1921. Famed surrealist poet Andre Breton and Miró met in 1924 and Breton felt that Miró’s artwork “was the most surrealist of all.”

Despite his association with the Surrealist movement, Miró’s painting process was far from unconscious; rather, his work resulted from a precise methodology. Combining the formal elements of cubism with biomorphic forms, Miró created works that referenced his home country of Spain through abstraction. After the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, his work began to display sharply political messages. His mural, The Reaper, condemned Franco's regime and was shown at the Spanish Pavilion in the World’s Fair of 1937 in Paris. In 1939 when the Nazis arrived in Paris, Miró was forced to flee to the South of France. The first retrospective of Miró’s work in the United States was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1941. In 1958, Miró was commissioned to make two significant murals for UNESCO in Paris, for which he received the Guggenheim International Award. Inspired by the Paris student riots of 1968, Miró began to create bombastic paintings in which he would fling paint onto the canvas. During the 1970s, he became intrigued with the process of bookmaking, and he created over 250 illustrated artist’s books. Miró died in 1983, but he left behind a influential legacy and is one of the most well-known artists of the 20th century.

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JOAN MIRÓ, Untitled from Stephen Spender's Fraternity | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Untitled from Stephen Spender's Fraternity
estimate: $5,000–7,000

JOAN MIRÓ, Miro Cartons exhibition poster for Galerie Maeght | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Miro Cartons exhibition poster for Galerie Maeght
estimate: $500–700
result: $438

JOAN MIRÓ, Quiri Quibu John Brossa | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Quiri Quibu John Brossa
estimate: $800–1,200
result: $1,625

JOAN MIRÓ, Bronzes Exhibition, Hayward Gallery, London | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Bronzes Exhibition, Hayward Gallery, London
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,750

JOAN MIRÓ, Galathée | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Galathée
estimate: $18,000–24,000
result: $20,000

JOAN MIRÓ, L'Aigrette Rouge | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

L'Aigrette Rouge
estimate: $12,000–18,000
result: $12,500

JOAN MIRÓ, Maja Negra | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Maja Negra
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $16,250

JOAN MIRÓ, Plate from Lithographs I | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Plate from Lithographs I
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,500

JOAN MIRÓ, Miro à l'encre | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Miro à l'encre
estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $2,375

JOAN MIRÓ, Le Puisatier | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Le Puisatier
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,063

JOAN MIRÓ, Le Roi David (King David) | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Le Roi David (King David)
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,500

JOAN MIRÓ, Le Grand Ordinateur | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Le Grand Ordinateur
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $6,875

JOAN MIRÓ, La Ruisselante Lunaire | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

La Ruisselante Lunaire
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $9,375

JOAN MIRÓ, Plate from Lithographs II | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Plate from Lithographs II
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,500

JOAN MIRÓ, Le Chanteur and L'étoile Bleue | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Le Chanteur and L'étoile Bleue
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,250

JOAN MIRÓ, Untitled from Stephen Spender's "Fraternity" | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Untitled from Stephen Spender's "Fraternity"
estimate: $7,000–9,000

JOAN MIRÓ, Trace Sur La Paroi I | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Trace Sur La Paroi I
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $7,800

JOAN MIRÓ, L'Aigrette Rouge | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

L'Aigrette Rouge
estimate: $12,000–18,000
result: $18,750

JOAN MIRÓ, Galathée | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Galathée
estimate: $18,000–24,000
result: $43,750

JOAN MIRÓ, La Mangouste tapestry | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

La Mangouste tapestry
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $8,750

JOAN MIRÓ, Composition | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Composition
estimate: $1,800–2,400
result: $3,750