Harlequin’s Carnival by Joan Mirό

Harlequin’s Carnival by Joan Mirό, 1924/5 oil on canvas. Currently housed by the Albright-Knox Collection, New York, USA

Title: Harlequin’s Carnival
Date: 1924/5
Movement: Surrealism

One of the best-known works of Joan Mirό the painting is centred on the character of a harlequin at a carnival. Harlequin is depicted as some sort of guitar, yet it retains some of the harlequin characteristics of an admiral’s hat, a chequered costume and a moustache. It is a celebratory painting, the characters seem happy, playing and dancing.

Artist: Joan Mirό
Born: 201 April 1893, Barcelona, Spain
Died: 25 December 1983, Palma, Spain

Joan Miró i Ferrà was a painter, sculptor and ceramicist. His work earned international acclaim and is interpreted as Surrealism. In interviews from the 1930s and onwards the artist expressed contempt for conventional art and painting methods. He died of heart failure and is buried in the Montjuic Cemetery, Barcelona, Spain

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