To Form the Idea / Away from Reality / To surprise / To discover | Joan Miró, 1893-1983

Joan Miró, Two Figures and a Dragonfly, 1936                               Joan Miró, Woman Doing Her Hair before a Mirror,  1938


"I want to assassinate painting" [1927]

"Yes, it took me just a moment to draw this line with the brush. But it took me 
months, perhaps even years, of reflection to form the idea."

"I only use the objects I find. I gather them altogether in my studio, which is very large. 
I lay the objects all around on the floor and choose this or that one. I never make sculptures
 from sketches, I just put them together."

"For me, an object is a living thing."


 Joan Miró, Femme au chapeau rouge, 1927                           Joan Miró,  Peinture (Étoile Bleue), 1927


"What is very important for me is when I work without working….when I walk, when I do nothing,
 when I eat. When ideas come to me like that…when it bubbles in my head and in my mind this is 
what has an enormous importance."

"I begin my paintings because something jolts me away from reality. This shock can be caused by 
a little thread that comes loose from the canvas, a drop of water that falls, the fingerprint my 
thumb leaves on the shiny surface of this table."

"When I stand in front of a canvas, I never know what I’m going to do 
– and nobody is more surprised than I at what comes out."


 Joan Miró, L ' Air, 1938                               Joan Miro, L'Ete (Summer), 1938  


"The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me. I am overwhelmed when I see a crescent moon or the 
sun in an immense sky. In my paintings there are often tiny forms in vast empty spaces. Empty 
spaces, empty horizons, empty plains – everything that has been stripped bare has always made 
a strong impression on me."

"In a painting, you should be able to discover new things each time you look at it. For me,
 a painting must give off sparks. It must dazzle like the beauty of a woman or a poem."

"My figures underwent the same simplification as my colors. Simplified as they are, they are 
more human and more alive than they would be if represented in all their detail. Represented 
in detail, they would lose their imaginary quality, which enhances everything."



Joan Miro, Portrait No, 1938                               Joan Miro, Dutch Interior II, 1928


"I work in a state of passion, transported. When I begin a canvas, I’m obeying 
a physical impulse, the need to throw myself; it’s like a physical outlet."

"I think of my studio as a vegetable garden, where things follow their natural course. 
They grow, they ripen. You have to graft. You have to water."

"The older I get and the more I master the medium, the more I return to my earliest experiences. 
I think that at the end of my life I will recover all the force of my childhood. " [age 67]

"It's the young people who interest me, and not the old dodos. If I go on working, 
it's for the year 2000, and for the people of tomorrow. " [age 82]


Joan Miró, 1893-1983 

Joan Miró, Woman, Bird and Star [Homage to Picasso], 1966-73                         Joan Miro, Ladders Cross the Blue Sky in a Wheel of Fire, 1953
Raoul Barba, Joan Miró painting the Jeux d’enfants curtain, Montecarlo, 1932


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