Rugs and Tapestries by the great artist Joan Miro
Joan Miro Rugs and Tapestries – The multi-discipline Catalan artist Joan Miro (1893 – 1983) was a pioneer and innovator in modern art. Born in Barcelona, Joan Miro became a prominent fixture in the art world joining a variety of surrealist, experimental and dada groups that were active in France and Spain. Miro is famous for his paintings, large-scale sculptures, murals, ceramics and tapestries. He was also an avid printmaker renowned for his handcrafted prints and lithographs.
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Born into the family of a goldsmith and cabinetmaker, Miro studied art before becoming an accountant. After suffering a life-changing nervous breakdown, the artist’s family encouraged him to concentrate on art. Following a successful solo exhibition in 1918, Miro moved to Paris where his works were featured alongside Picasso, Matisse and other greats. At the time, a revival of tapestry and weaving techniques was occurring. Between 1920 and 1930, workshops in Aubusson faithfully recreated the works of Miro and fellow Catalonian Pablo Picasso as rugs and tapestries.
In 1974, Miro created an expansive tapestry that was displayed in the World Trade Center until the priceless piece was destroyed in the tragic September 11th terrorist attacks. Miro was originally opposed to the idea but later embraced the concept learning weaving techniques and creating several monumental works, including several collaborative pieces with Joseph Royo. Miro left an exceptional legacy of artistic works and textiles that span more than 60 years. Today, Joan Miro is widely regarded as the father of abstract expressionism and one of the greatest modern artists.
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