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Miró (World of Art)

Roland Penrose


A new edition of this classic survey on the life and work of Spanish surrealist, Joan Miró, by his close friend, historian and fellow artist Roland Penrose


Among the great 20th-century masters, the surrealist painter Joan Miró stands out for the atmosphere of wit and spontaneity that pervades his work. Miró’s art went through many phases, and its major features – his signs and symbols, his series of anguished peintures sauvages in the 1930s, his lyrical, poetic gouaches, his monumental sculptures and ceramics, his unprecedented use of poetic titles, and his attachment to nature and to the night – are discussed here by Roland Penrose, a friend of the artist for almost five decades. A brief epilogue by Eduardo de Benito, London correspondent of the Spanish art periodical Lápiz, illustrates the developments of Miró’s last years. This new revised edition, now illustrated in colour throughout, includes a foreword by Antony Penrose, outlining the relationship between his father and the artist, as well as updates to the Bibliography.


'An outstandingly good book. It is easy to read, covers all periods of Miró’s life and work and gives a valuable insight into the artist’s thoughts and opinions'

'Brings the subject right up to date and is characteristically easy and discursive in tone'
Sunday Times

'Could hardly be bettered … adds enormously to our appreciation and understanding of the artists'
Country Life

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New Edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 144

Publication date: 14 April 2022

ISBN: 9780500204795

About the Author

Sir Roland Penrose (1900-1984) was one of the founders of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, of which for many years he was President. He also served on the British Council and the Arts Council, and as a Trustee of the Tate Gallery. Roland Penrose’s publications include Picasso: His Life and Work, Man Ray, Tàpies and Scrapbook 1900–1981.