Miro

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"A key figure in XX-century art, Joan Miro has left us a definitive oeuvre which continues to reach an ever increasingly wide public. Ten years after his death, and on the occasion of the centenary of his birth, publication was inevitable of a major monograph on his work." "This book is a partial re-compilation of the analyses contained in the author's first far-reaching study of Joan Miro, which appeared in 1961, now considerably reworked and enriched. It takes into account not only the painter's output during the last two decades of his life,
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"A key figure in XX-century art, Joan Miro has left us a definitive oeuvre which continues to reach an ever increasingly wide public. Ten years after his death, and on the occasion of the centenary of his birth, publication was inevitable of a major monograph on his work." "This book is a partial re-compilation of the analyses contained in the author's first far-reaching study of Joan Miro, which appeared in 1961, now considerably reworked and enriched. It takes into account not only the painter's output during the last two decades of his life, but also a great number of documents discovered after his death - projects, sketchpads, texts, correspondence - to which Jacques Dupin has had access thanks to his privileged relationship with Miro's family, and the studies by art historians and exhibition organizers published over the last twenty years." Far from limiting his analysis to the painting of Miro, Dupin has gone much further by including the almost infinite universe of curiosities. Thus he examines the artist's experiments in such divers fields as sculpture, lithography, book illustration, ceramics, mural painting, and stage and costume design. A passionate creator in the world of the plastic arts, and an equally passionate lover of the word, of the most audacious poetical games, of objects and of the naked truth of materials, Miro also shone as an oneiric artist, in pursuit of the constellations which inspired some of his finest canvases. All of these fascinating artistic adventures are here narrated with fraternal complicity by Jacques Dupin.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this superb critical-biographical study marking the centenary of Miro's birth, French art critic Dupin, who was a friend of the Catalan painter, peers behind the ``elaborately cultivated delirium'' of his playfully exuberant canvases to find pessimism, mystery, anxiety and foreboding. Miro's meticulously detailed ``enchanted realism'' 1918-1920 scarcely foretold his sudden plunge into the realm of fantasy. Surreal, automatist dreamscapes gave way to the ``savage paintings'' of 1934-1938, full of monsters, tortured flesh and screams, which prefigured humanity's descent into bestiality. His pure, pullulating Constellations series, made in a tiny Normandy village just before the outbreak of WW II, is a refuge from a world gone mad. Miro's fertile imagination constantly renewed itself over the next four decades as he explored a vast repertory of forms and signs. This substantial revision and enlargement of a 1962 monograph includes valuable new chapters on Miro's sculpture, ceramics, prints, tapestries, murals and poetry. Apr.
Library Journal
A rather wooden translation from the original French, this extensive survey of Mir's work is laid out biographically. Dupin, who was associated with the artist for three decades as an assistant, exhibition organizer, and cataloger, brings firsthand knowledge to the story of the artist's life. Nevertheless, a work like the recent Carol Lanchner's Joan Mir see review below offers a better value in its treatment of the art, despite the limits imposed by the catalog format for instance, there is no index. There is surprisingly little overlap in illustration between the two, but when there is, Lanchner's volume is better. However, librarians should keep in mind that Lanchner's work is aimed at an informed readership, while Dupin's will appeal to a broader audience.-Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
Library Journal
Devoted to the multifaceted life and art of Joan Miro (1893-1983), this is a revised edition of a monumental work first published in 1961. Dupin, who collaborated with the artist in the production of his late prints, expanded and revised his original text in 1993 to include Miro's life and work up to his death in 1983. However, little aside from small additions to the bibliography seems to have been added to this 2004 edition. Reprinted to overlap with an exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the book happens to coincide with the release of Dupin's latest installment in the catalogue raisonn of Miro's paintings (Volume 6, 1976-1981, Lelong, Paris, 2004). Dupin's 1993 edition of Miro belongs in all libraries that support 20th-century art, but this new edition is largely redundant and should be purchased only by libraries lacking the earlier editions.-Kraig A. Binkowski, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810936324
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/24/1994
  • Pages: 480

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This definitive monograph, written by Miró’s close friend and contemporary, offers personal insight into the life and work of the artist. Rigorously academic, Dupin’s analysis goes much further than a traditional study of the artist’s work: he recounts Miró’s artistic exploration, from sculpture, through graphic work, to costume design. Dupin’s privileged relationship with the Miró family allowed him exclusive access to invaluable information about the artist as well as many documents, such as various projects, sketch pads, and correspondence that were only discovered after Miró’s death. Extensive notes are included at the back of the volume as well as a condensed chronology and a list of Miró’s exhibitions and catalogs.
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Table of Contents

1 The Origins of Miro 9
2 Childhood and Youth 1893-1915 25
3 Catalan Fauvism 1915-1917 47
4 Detaillist Paintings 1918-1920 63
5 The Farm 1920-1922 77
6 The Mutation 1923-1924 95
7 Oneiric Paintings 1925-1927 113
8 Landscapes and Imaginary Portraits Dutch Interiors 1926-1929 131
9 The Assassination of Painting 1928-1931 151
10 Plastic Concentration 1932-1934 167
11 Savage Paintings 1934-1938 185
12 Tragic Realism 1937-1938 207
13 The Sign's Crystallization 1938 223
14 Varengeville and the Constellations 1939-1941 237
15 Variations and Plenitude 1942-1946 257
16 New York and Paris 1947-1951 275
17 Expansion 1952-1954 291
18 Majorca and the Large Studio 1956-1966 303
19 Japan, Round-Trips 1966-1974 323
20 The Final Years 343
21 Sculpture 361
22 Ceramics, Monumental Art 385
23 Graphic Work 407
24 Painting, Poetry 431
Notes 446
Chronology 452
Bibliography 468
Exhibitions 472
Index 476
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