Originally born in Barcelona in 1893, Joan Miró moved to Paris in 1920 where he abandoned his style combining miniaturist detail with a cubist fragmentation of space and began painting an imaginary world full of strange insect-like figures and forms, all which seemed to float in space. These images, mostly developed from his unconscious mind, soon became a hallmark of surrealist art.
Although he spent time away from Spain, Miró remained interested in Catalonian folklore throughout his career, and made a number of politically charged works in response to the Spanish Civil War. In 1937 he was asked to design a one franc stamp to be sold for the benefit of the Republican Government in Spain.
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