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Joan Miró

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"For me, engraving is a major means of expression. It has been a means of liberation, expansion and discovery. Even though, at the beginning, I was a prisoner of its constraints, its ‘cuisine,’ its traditional tools and recipes. I had to resist them, to extend them, and then an immense field of possibilities opened up to my eye and hand…"

Joan Miró

Joan Miró was a Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona.

Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride.

In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, 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.