19 janvier 2017
In 2016, Carré d'artistes® Children Workshop allow more than 600 children all around the world to discover Contemporary Art with the universe of Takashi Murakami.
In May will continue the 2017 season of Carré d'artistes Children Workshops. In all France galleries, and in New York, Sedona and Barcelona, little artists will have the chance to discover this year the works and the inspirations of Joan Miro.
Two workshops are planned for May: first one at 2.00pm and second one at 3.00 pm (each of these workshops with 5 children). These free workshops offer to 7 to 11 years old children the chance to dive in a funny and concrete way into the technic, the style and the universe of the Catalan artist Joan Miro. This pedagogic approach, but nevertheless entertaining, offer to the children the chance to make their first steps into the world of Contemporary Art.
Joan Miro is one of the representatives of surrealism, basically avant-garde and modern, and has shown great creativity both in his paintings and his sculptures.
Miro was born in Barcelona in 1893. His father is a jeweler and his mother is the daughter of a cabinetmaker. Joan Miro began to paint very young, from the age of eight. In 1907, he began his studies in commerce, but soon abandoned it to join the Fine-Art School in La Llotja.
At the age of seventeen, Joan Miro became a shopkeeper until 1911 when he contracted typhus. For his health, he is obliged to settle on a family farm. It is at this moment that he realizes his attachment to the Catalan land where he will return regularly throughout his life. When he was re-established, he joined the Barcelona School of Art in order to perfect his talent and become a painter. He then attended the Académie du Cercle Saint-Luc until 1918. He discovered modern art during a visit to the Galerie Dalmau in Barcelona.
In 1919, he went to Paris for the first time and, after experiencing Cubism and Fauvism, joined the Surrealist movement. He feels comfortable with the offbeat humor and the taste of the imaginary of this current. At the same time, Miro is experiencing an identity crisis. The exterior no longer inspires him and he has to question his art. He succeeded in solving his artistic problems thanks to surrealism and relying on his spontaneity in his painting and sculpture. The unconscious and the world of dreams are now the fertile soil in which Miro draws in order to realize his pieces of art. In 1925, he presented at an exhibition Le carnaval d'Arlequin, a purely surrealist work, and will now be known worldwide. When the surrealist movement took too many political positions, Miro emerged from the group and devoted himself to collage, lithography and sculpture.
During the Spanish War, Miro moved to Paris where he returned to a more realistic painting. When the German troops arrived in France, Joan returned to Spain and found his definitive style. He is now recognized as a great Catalan artist.
At the end of his life, he devoted himself to monumental sculptures covered with ceramics. Joan Miro died on Christmas Day in 1983.