Joan Miró (1893 - 1983)
|Self-Portrait, 1919 |
Oil on canvas, 75 x 60 cm
Musée Picasso, Paris
you’re in Barcelona, be sure to visit Fundació Joan Miró. The artist
was born and raised in this city. Miró exhibited a gift for drawing
from childhood. His father, a goldsmith, wanted Joan to inherit his
profitable company and insisted he study business. At the same time
Joan, dreaming of becoming an artist, enrolled in Barcelona’s Academy
After graduating from business school, he worked
briefly as a clerk. But the work drove him to a nervous breakdown and
his parents finally agreed with his decision to pursue an artist’s
Miró was 25 when his first solo exhibition was held.
About the same time, exhibitions of Cubist and Surrealist artists
appeared in Barcelona. They made a strong impression on Miró and
influenced his decision to go to Paris.
There he met with his
fellow countryman Pablo Picasso, for whom Miró brought goodies from his
mother in Barcelona. Picasso was already famous and considered one of
the fathers of Cubism.
This self-portrait, painted shortly after
arriving in Paris, was made under the influence of Cubism. Picasso so
liked the painting that he purchased it. Fundació Joan Miró used this
self-portrait for the poster issued in honor of the 90th anniversary of