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JOAN MIRO: WALL, FRIEZE, MURAL. Zurcher Kunstgesellschaft. Kunsthaus, Zurich, 2016. Published by Hirmer Verlag, Munich. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 168 pp. with 130 col. ills. 23 x 29 cm. ISBN 9783777424521 In English.
Publisher's description: Starting with the walls of his family's country estate in Montroig, Spanish painter Joan Miro (1893-1983) became fascinated by the materiality and beauty of walls, a fascination that would continue throughout the course of his life. Walls, he would declare, were the point of departure for his paintings, which captured the material beauty of walls while paying intense attention to detail and poetic expressiveness. Exploring this central aspect of Miro's art, this beautifully illustrated publication presents his important wall paintings in the context of his complete works. Through a series of essays supplemented by 168 color images, Joan Miro reveals that the wall was not merely the subject of depiction for the Spanish artist; its physical and haptic quality also inspired him to paint on materials such as whitewashed canvas, raw burlap, and sandpaper -- materials that served his imagination and played their part in creating his visual universe. The book also illustrates how Miro's preference for elongated, extremely narrow formats reflects his exploration of the wall while simultaneously pointing to his later ceramic friezes, including the important "Oiseaux qui s'envolent" frieze.
Artist(s):Miro, Joan
Indexing: Western, Europe — Spain — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Painting
Plans: 71,01,05,07,13,15
Worldwide Number: 037020
Hardcover $49.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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