I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

Joan Miró i Ferrà (April 20, 1893 – December 25, 1983) was a Catalan Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona.

A museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established in his native city of Barcelona in 1975, and another, the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, was established in his adoptive city of Palma de Mallorca in 1981.

Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and famously declared an “assassination of painting” in favor of upsetting the visual elements of established painting.

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