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The Writer’s Almanac for April 20, 2017: Praise Be

Apr. 20, 2017: birthday: Joan Miró

It is the birthday of Spanish painter Joan Miró, born Joan Miró i Ferrà, in Barcelona (1893). While he is considered a surrealist, he rejected identification with any one artistic movement. Before he went into exile during the Franco regime — Miró was Catalan and the Catalans were subject to special persecution by Franco — he traveled widely and visual references to Haitian voodoo and the Cuban Santería religion infuse his dreamlike art. He’s best known for his paintings The Harlequin’s Carnival (1924) and Dog Barking at the Moon (1926).

He said, “The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later.”

He said, “For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings. “