Etoile Bleue (Blue Star) painting smashes auction record - BBC News 20th June, 2012
Joan Miro's 1927 work Peinture (Etoile Bleue) has sold for more than £23.5 million (nearly 37 Million US$) in London, setting a new auction record for the Spanish painter
|Etoile Bleue sold at Soothby's to anonymous buyer|
on 20th June, 2012 for 23.5 Million pounds
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I had to put the painting ‘Blue Star’ image here, since I know, after seeing it, everyone will think... I could have painted this too... But before you go and smirk with your own interesting critic, here is what Miro thought about critics.
"...they (Critics) are more concerned with being philosophers than anything else. They form a preconceived opinion, then they look at the work of art. Painting merely serves as a cloak in which to wrap their emaciated philosophical systems."
|Blue III c1961 Img Curtsy Joan-Miro.info|
"The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me. I'm overwhelmed when I see, in an immense sky, the crescent of the moon, or the sun. There, in my pictures, tiny forms in huge empty spaces. Empty spaces, empty horizons, empty plains - everything which is bare has always greatly impressed me." - Joan Miró, 1958, quoted in Twentieth-Century Artists on Art.
|Swallow love c1933 Image Curtsy Joan-miro.info|
Now a little bit about the painter and his thoughts...
Joan Miró i Ferrà (April 20, 1893 – December 25, 1983) was a Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. A museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established in his birth city in 1975. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and famously declared an "assassination of painting" in favour of upsetting the visual elements of established painting. In 1979 Miró received a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Barcelona. Miró, who suffered from heart disease, died in his home in Palma (Majorca) on December 25, 1983
|The Lark s Wing, Encircled with Golden Blue, |
Rejoins the Heart of the Poppy
Sleeping on a Diamond-Studded Meadow
Joan Miró was among the first artists to develop automatic drawing as a way to undo previous established techniques in painting, and thus, with André Masson, represented the beginning of Surrealism as an art movement
|The Farm c1921|
The first well known work which was bought by Earnest Hemmingway for 5000 Franks
Miró's oft-quoted interest in the assassination of painting is derived from a dislike of bourgeois art, which he believed was used as a way to promote propaganda and cultural identity among the wealthy. He is quoted as saying "I will break their guitar," referring to Picasso's paintings, with the intent to attack the popularity and appropriation of Picasso's art by politics.
André Breton described him as "the most Surrealist of us all." Miró confessed to creating one of his most famous works, Harlequin's Carnival, under similar circumstances:
"How did I think up my drawings and my ideas for painting? Well I'd come home to my Paris studio in Rue Blomet at night, I'd go to bed, and sometimes I hadn't any supper. I saw things, and I jotted them down in a notebook. I saw shapes on the ceiling..."
|Woman in Front of the Sun c1950|
Miró has been a significant influence on late 20th-century art, in particular the American abstract expressionist artists such as Motherwell, Calder, Gorky, Pollock, Matta and Rothko, while his lyrical abstractions and color field paintings were precursors of that style by artists such as Frankenthaler, Olitski and Louis and others. His work has also influenced modern designers, including Paul Rand and Lucienne Day, and influenced recent painters such as Julian Hatton.
And finally leaving you with my favorite of his paintings... known as "Photo: This is the Color of My Dreams"
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