Joan Miro’s Early Life
Miro was always drawn to art. By the age of seven, he was studying art at a private school. By 1907, Miro was enrolled at La Llotja, a fine art academy. Eleven years later, Miro had his first show at the Dalmau Gallery. Many at the time responded negatively to his work. In 1920, Miro moved to Paris where he explored surrealism.
Four years later, Miro joined the Surrealist Group. Since the paintings of Joan Miro were so full of symbolism and poetry, these seemed to be a perfect fit for this movement.
Many years later in 1959, Andre Breton requested that Miro represent Spain in an Homage to Surrealism exhibition. Paintings of Miro were exhibited with that of other famous artists including Salvador Dali.
It wasn’t always smooth sailing for Miro in his early years. In fact, for a time he worked in the business world, but had a nervous breakdown which prompted him to return to the world of art. The points are that Miro had to overcome adversity to pursue his love of art. His father had rejected the notion of his son becoming an artist, which no doubt also led to complications for the young Miro.
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