Art Moment: The Making of a Miro

Spanish painter, Joan Miro (1893 – 1983)

At an age when most artists are still finding their footing, the Spanish artist Joan Miro (1893 – 1983) already had the talent, imagination and wit that would assure him a place as a master of modern abstract art. In Paris, where his studio was, he wrote to a friend in 1923, when he was just 30: “We must explore all the golden sparks of our soul.”  By that time, he was already sparkling like a star in the artistic firmament. And when Picasso visited his studio, he pronounced on the young Miro: “After me, you are the one who is opening a new door.” And so he did. In a career spanning more than sixty years, Miro created an astounding body of work, including some of the world’s most iconic Surrealistic paintings.

Joan Miro, Untitled, 1947. This painting was the subject of a rare video documentary by photographer Thomas Bouchard

So, what is like to paint like a Miro? Thomas Bouchard, a photographer, decided to find out – by filming the artist in the act of creation. The year was 1947. The result is Around and About Joan Miro (1955), a delightful documentary portrait of the great Spanish artist in his milieu. What is exception about the film is an eight-minute sequence of Miro painting a picture that until recently, was unknown to the world. With great sensitivity, Bouchard captured the rhythm of the artist as he painted a pair of colourful biomorphs with a graceful free hand, bringing the painter to life even as Miro brings to life a sublime work of art.

Watch the footage here:

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