Miró's paintings have a childlike quality, the objects and human beings are symbolically depicted and reduced to simple shapes. His paintings have also a dreamlike quality, they seem to come directly from the unconscious. Later on he experimented with found objects and unusual materials. ' My characters have undergone the same process of simplification as the colors. Now that they have
been simplified, they appear more human and alive than if they had been represented in all their details'.
"I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means. It is this which has led me to give my painting a character of even greater bareness."
"Throughout the time in which I am working on a canvas I can feel how I am beginning to love it, with that love which is born of slow comprehension."
"Miró's art has a poetic imagery: stars, fantastical creatures, playful distorted forms drawn in sharp lines and bright blue, yellow, red or green. They aim the receptor's soul and not his mind."
Catalan Peasant with a Guitar
Miró showed talent from a young age, though he had to study business and even worked as a clerk for two years. He had to suffer a nervous breakdown to finally be able to get his parents approval to study art. You can read more on his life and see more images here: http://joanmiro.com/