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Miro Painting: On the Dot

April 12th, 2019 · No Comments · Barcelona, Spain, tourism, Travel

Yes, I am one of those guys who looks at some abstract art and says, “a chimp could do that.”

Talking about paint thrown at a canvas … a couple of random shapes swimming in space … a bucket, a hammer and a broom entitled “Young Man”, or something like that.

I readily concede my ignorance may be the primary factor in the “any chimp” assessment. “If only you could understand the brilliant statement being made!” Alas, I am too simple.

But when a major work of art is, in total, a large white canvas and a small blue dot … shouldn’t a professional be able to do a bit more than that?

And there it is, above.


I guess.

I’ve been told.

It must be brilliant. It is a Miro, painted by Joan Miro, who sweated over this in 1968.

Miro is famous, especially here in his hometown of Barcelona, so “Landscape” must be good.

But …

But, I would prefer my art to be a bit more, oh, complicated. Or to at least look like it required some effort beyond dabbing a blue spot and announcing you are done.

Apparently, and I don’t know if Miro ever said this or his fans came up with the explanation, but the painting above — entitled “Landscape”, acrylic on canvas — has something to do with noise.

Well, sure. Whatever.

I like some of Miro’s early stuff, which also can be found in the sprawling museum. Those paintings required a lot, lot more than a single dot.

But then he got older and weirder, which happens to a lot of us but particularly artists … and Miro outlined his “oft-quoted interest” in the “assassination of painting”, stemming from his dislike of bourgeois art “which he believed was used as a way to promote propaganda and cultural identity among the wealthy” — as noted on his wiki page.

Anyway. If Miro had been able to make a batch of paintings with a single dot in them … he might have gone a long way personally assassinating painting.


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