Joan Miró (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 Miró was born on this day in 1893. A native of Barcelona, Miró studied art as a boy and enrolled in a fine art academy as a young man, to the chagrin of his father. Miró’s style was inspired by the Cubist movement in Europe, though his artwork was not well received. In the early 1920s, Miró joined the Surrealist movement, which became the style Miró is best known for, rather than his representational artwork. Miró 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 in the 1930s.