Joan Mir贸 (1893-1983), Abstract Design, no date, lithograph, 10 x 7 7/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Wulf Barsch, 1992.
Spanish artist Joan Mir贸 was born on this day in 1893. A native of Barcelona, Mir贸 studied art as a boy and enrolled in a fine art academy as a young man, to the chagrin of his father. Mir贸’s style was inspired by the Cubist movement in Europe, though his artwork was not well received. In the early 1920s, Mir贸 joined the Surrealist movement, which became the聽style Mir贸 is best known for, rather than his representational artwork. Mir贸 was a major influence in the rise of Modern art in the United States, as his works were exhibited Pierre Matisse’s New York City gallery聽in the 1930s.