“Joie de Vivre” Instills Creativity, Joy, and Stillness Amidst Chaos

Anna Mikaela Ekstrand, Art Zealous, May 21, 2020

Joan Miró (1893-1983) was in Paris when the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936 and stayed in the city until the German invasion drove him to return to Spain, in 1940. Amidst this period of extremism what appears stronger than the tensions between revolutionaries and conservatists is Miró’s dogged pursuit of painterly innovation and an emerging whimsy characterized by a childlike freedom of line and exuberant colors that would come to dominate his later work. 

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