Title of Work
Date of Work
Verve Magazine, first issue
Signed in stone
Art & Design Study Collection: James Smith Pierce Collection
Displayed: SMHS Art Gallery, 2nd Floor
School of Medicine & Health Sciences Building
Joan Miro was a Spanish artist born in 1893 in Barcelona, Spain. Miro originally studied at business school as well as art school but after overcoming an extreme typhoid illness he decided to devote the rest of his life to painting. He is best known for his paintings, sculptures, ceramics that are influenced by the seaside views of Barcelona as well as the Surrealist, Cubism and the Fauvist art movements. Works by Joan Miro can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art and many others internationally.
During his first year in Paris after fleeing Spain at the eruption of the Spanish Civil War, Miro was tasked to create a work for the first issue of the Paris-based Verve Magazine. Miro was one of four artists who each chose one of the four elements as inspiration for their work for this publication.
Like many of his works during this period, L’airis thought to take some influence from the Spanish Civil War; particularly the ‘scorched’ ground and grotesque figures pictured towards the bottom of the work.
Work included in 'School of Paris' exhibition, 2019.
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