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Not quite as well known as Gaudi yet just as much a part of Barcelona's cultural heritage, Joan Miro is another of the city's beloved artists. Joan Miro i Ferro was born in Barcelona in 1893 and grew up in the Barri Gotic neighborhood of the city. He studied art at the Cercle Artistic de Sant Lluc, had an unsuccessful exhibition of his work, a sojourn in the art world of Paris and then he abandoned art for a short time to try his hand at business. This only led to a nervous break down and his return to art once and for all.

Miro's style was influenced by cubism, impressionism and Fauves art but over time he developed his own unique style of surrealism. His work appears to have a theme of national pride and symbols of the Catalonian culture and landscape can be seen in his work. He used symbolism and schematic language as he was against conventional painting methods. Miro is known as the inventor, together with Max Ernst, of the grattage style where paint is scraped off of the canvas. Miro remained in Paris returning regularly to his beloved Catalan, during the Spanish Civil War his work took on a political meaning for the first time when he created The Reaper, a mural for the 1937 Paris Exhibition. When Germany invaded France Miro escaped to Spain and continued working. Among his works are sculptures and ceramics in the Maeght Foundation garden in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France; many lithographs; Constellations, a series of 23 gouache paintings featuring the celestial symbols; Miro's Chicago, a mixed media sculpture and the World Trade Center Tapestry which was lost in the 9/11 tragedy. After a successful and illustrious career Miro died in Majorca in 1983. Works by Miro can be found across the globe in Madrid, New York, Chicago, Paris, Milan, Houston and at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

Where can you see Miro works in Barcelona?

La Rambla – Just outside the Liceu metro station (Pla de l'Os) is a large mosaic on the pedestrian street. Miro's mosaic was inspired by Barcelona's cityscape. Look carefully and you'll find the artists signature in the mosaic. The mosaic is close to where Miro was born at 4 Passatge del Credit.

Tarragona Street – In Park Joan Miro is the "Woman and Bird" (Dona I Ocell) statue which stands 22 meter high and is covered with brightly colored ceramic pieces. This was Miro's last sculpture it sits on an island in the middle of a pond and the plan was to have a forest of sculptures in this park which covers 4 blocks, unfortunately Miro died a year later making this the only "tree" in the forest.

Barcelona Airport – As you exit terminal B another of Miro's creations meets you, it is a large ceramic mural made in cooperation with Josep Llorens Artigas.  

Casa de la Ciutat – Here you will find "woman" a bronze sculpture made in 1983.

Museu de Ceramica – Here there are 20 pieces which Miro produced in collaboration with Joan Gardy Artigas.

Joan Miro Foundation – Fundacio Joan Miro is a museum in Parc de Montjuic. Here you can see works by Miro in ceramics, painting, sculptures, graphics and even tapestries. There are more than 14,000 pieces in the museum. Every Thursday at 1pm there is a free guided tour of the Joan Miro collection. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 7pm, October to June and until 8pm from July to September. ON Thursdays they stay open until 9:30pm. Admission is €11 for adults, €7 for students 15-30 years old and seniors. 

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