Sunday, October 30, 2011

Miró, Joan

The Farm (La masia)
oil on canvas
123.8 x 141.3 cm (48 3/4 x 55 5/8 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA
Gift of Mary Hemingway

Joan Miró i Ferrà (1893 – 1983) was a Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona.
Earning international acclaim, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and famously declared an "assassination of painting" in favour of upsetting the visual elements of established painting.

The Farm represents a brilliant amalgamation of an intense, even primitive realism with the formal vocabulary of cubism. Everything is inside and outside at once and superimposed on the primitive meticulousness of a picturesque farm are the devices of the most sophisticated painting of the 20th century.

"Of this great painting (The Farm), it was the summary of one period of my work, but also the point of departure for what was to follow." "Form for me is never something abstract, it is always a token of something. . . . for me, form is never an end in itself." (Miró)

"The Farm is once owned by Ernest Hemingway, and he said "No one could look at it, and not know it had been painted by a great painter."