I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.

Joan Miró

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.

Upcoming Lots Joan Miró

JOAN MIRÓ, Galathée | ragoarts.com

412

Joan Miró

Galathée

estimate: $18,000–24,000
JOAN MIRÓ, Affiche Exposition Zurich | ragoarts.com

414

Joan Miró

Affiche Exposition Zurich

estimate: $2,500–3,500
JOAN MIRÓ, L'Aigrette Rouge | ragoarts.com

416

Joan Miró

L'Aigrette Rouge

estimate: $12,000–18,000
JOAN MIRÓ, Poster for the Miro exhibition at the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris | ragoarts.com

418

Joan Miró

Poster for the Miro exhibition at the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris

estimate: $2,000–3,000
JOAN MIRÓ, Le Lézard aux plumes d'or | ragoarts.com

419

Joan Miró

Le Lézard aux plumes d'or

estimate: $3,000–5,000
JOAN MIRÓ, Centennaire pour l'imprimerie Mourlot | ragoarts.com

426

Joan Miró

Centennaire pour l'imprimerie Mourlot

estimate: $20,000–30,000
JOAN MIRÓ, Le Lézard aux plumes d'or | ragoarts.com

427

Joan Miró

Le Lézard aux plumes d'or

estimate: $2,500–3,500
JOAN MIRÓ, Le Lézard aux plumes d'or | ragoarts.com

428

Joan Miró

Le Lézard aux plumes d'or

estimate: $2,500–3,500
JOAN MIRÓ, Ubu Roi | ragoarts.com

429

Joan Miró

Ubu Roi

estimate: $2,000–3,000
JOAN MIRÓ, Le Dandy | ragoarts.com

430

Joan Miró

Le Dandy

estimate: $5,000–7,000
JOAN MIRÓ, One work from Trace Sur L'eau | ragoarts.com

435

Joan Miró

One work from Trace Sur L'eau

estimate: $2,000–3,000
JOAN MIRÓ, Joan Miró - Graphics | ragoarts.com

438

Joan Miró

Joan Miró - Graphics

estimate: $1,000–1,500
JOAN MIRÓ, Affiche pour l’Exposition Miró-Artigas | ragoarts.com

440

Joan Miró

Affiche pour l’Exposition Miró-Artigas

estimate: $1,500–2,000
JOAN MIRÓ, Sculptures; et Art Graphique | ragoarts.com

446

Joan Miró

Sculptures; et Art Graphique

estimate: $1,200–1,800
JOAN MIRÓ, Rouge et Bleu | ragoarts.com

447

Joan Miró

Rouge et Bleu

estimate: $2,000–3,000
JOAN MIRÓ, Quelques Fleurs pour des Amis | ragoarts.com

449

Joan Miró

Quelques Fleurs pour des Amis

estimate: $1,500–2,000

Auction Results Joan Miró

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
JOAN MIRÓ, Galathée | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Galathée

estimate: $18,000–24,000
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
JOAN MIRÓ, Terres de Grand Feu | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Terres de Grand Feu

estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $2,250
JOAN MIRÓ, Ronde de Nuit from Derriere le Miroir | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Ronde de Nuit from Derriere le Miroir

estimate: $3,000–5,000
JOAN MIRÓ, Grans Rupestres XXI | ragoarts.com

Joan Miró

Grans Rupestres XXI

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $6,875