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Happy 130th Birthday to Joan Miró, from Barrio Gotic in Barcelona

Today is Joan Miró's birthday (Barcelona, 1893). While he is considered a surrealist, he rejected identification with any one artistic movement. Before he went into exile during the Franco regime — Miró was Catalan and the Catalans were subject to special persecution by Franco — he traveled widely and visual references to Haitian voodoo and the Cuban Santería religion infuse his dreamlike art. He's best known for his paintings The Harlequin's Carnival (1924) and Dog Barking at the Moon (1926).

He said, "The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later."

He said, "For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings. "

Even after he joined the hip Parisian crowd that included Ernest Hemingway and the Fauvists, he continued to spend time in Barcelona. Have you been to his museum there?

Note that another great spot to see his work is at the Picasso museum in Antibes.ó

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Aw, Happy Birthday, Joan! One of my favorites. Saw a lot of his work at the Reina Sofia in Madrid.

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The Guggenheim in Bilbao has an excellent Miró exhibition on. We saw it two weeks ago. The range of works is amazing and the Guggenheim is an excellent exhibition space.

We enjoyed the Guggenheim exhibition MUCH more than the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona.