Joan Miro

"I enjoyed admiring the ever changing Majorcan sky; and at night I revelled in the line drawn by a shooting star and the light from a glow-worm; and the sea, at night and during the day, always blue..."

Born of Catalan father and morjorcan mother, Miro spent his summers in Mallorca from a very early age. He married a Majorcan, Pilar Juncosa, and took refuge in Mallorca when the Germans threatened Paris. In 1956 he finally settled down to live in Son Abrines near Cala Mayor.

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  • The Fundacio Pilar i Joan Miro in Cala Major, Mallorca, is where Joan Miro(1893-1983) lived and worked for much of the 60s and 70s. Here I discovered why Miro was so at home here - views over the bay, the expansive hillside premises of the Fundacio, his studio, which you can peer through the windows for a flavour of how the man worked, tackling a dozen or so canvases at the same time. Oppisite the studio is the Edificio Estrella, the art gallery which displays a sample of Miro's work from the 134 paintings, 300 engravings and 105 drawings, as well as sculptures, gouches and preliminary sketches - 6000 works in all.

    The Sert Studio at the Fundacio Pilar i Joan Miro.
    You will find Miros pad at the following address:-
    Joan de Saridakis, 29, 07015 PALMA DE MALLORCA, Baleares, Espana.

    You can find many examples and influences of Miros work in the UK. For example, Farley Farm in Sussex is known as "The Home Of The Surrealists". It was here that Miro, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Andre Breton and Henry Moore were guests of the surrealist painter Roland Penrose and the photojournalist Lee Miller. The farm has artwork by Penrose and Picasso and memorabilia on display. I have yet to visit myself but should you wish to go, first telephone this UK phone number:-01825 872691 to reserve a place.

    Miro and his wife, Pilar Juncosa, 1979.

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