Singing Fish is a great example of the playful, non-conformist approach that Miro took to all of his work. The work incorporates a number of elements and styles for which he was well-known, including a distinct color palette and a surreal yet light subject matter. This lithograph is just one of hundreds that were published in 262 books, albums, and catalogues illustrated by Miro, known as Livres d’ Artiste.
Joan Miro’s Singing Fish is available on consignment from Barnett Fine Art. Learn more about the artist, below.
Framed size 17″ x 15″
Asking Price: $4,000.00
Joan Miro was a prolific 20th century artist, who worked in a variety of mediums and movements, though he was never an explicit member of any one artistic movement. Miro worked extensively with Andre Breton, the French founder of the Surrealist movement, during the movement’s origins in the 1920’s. In fact, Breton once referred to Miro as, “the most Surrealist of us all.” Yet Miro maintained a distance from individual artistic movements, feeling that membership in one would restrict his ability to incorporate other styles and influences.
He was one of the first artists to incorporate automatic drawing, a technique developed by the surrealists, as a way to express the subconscious mind. Artists who employed this technique allowed the hand to move freely and randomly across the paper, thus removing any rational control the conscious mind might exert and opening the canvas to the subconscious. Many of Miro’s paintings started out as automatic drawings, and he pursued the technique extensively during his Surrealist years.
Miro was also well-known for his interest in the “assassination of painting.” This stemmed from his dislike of bourgeois art, which he saw as propaganda that reinforced the cultural identity of the elite. In a famous statement, he once said “I will break their guitar,” in criticizing the paintings of Spaniard Pablo Picasso.
Born in Barcelona in 1893, Miro’s Catalan identity was a distinct part of his work throughout his career. The influence of Catalan nationalism can be seen in a number of his earlier works. As a result of the political upheaval in Spain and the Spanish dictatorship, Miro did not have a full exhibition of his work in his native country until 1978. Today, the Fundacio Joan Miro museum houses a large quantity of his work, in Barcelona.
Please contact Patty Barnett for more details on Joan Miro’s Singing Fish. 504.524.2922
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