Quotes from Joan Miro

A-detail-from-Women-Encir-008Throw down the gauntlet to chance. For example, I prepare the ground for a picture by cleaning my brush over the canvas. Spilling a little turpentine can also be helpful. (Joan Miro)

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music. (Joan Miro)

In a picture, it should be possible to discover new things every time you see it. But you can look at a picture for a week together and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life. (Joan Miro)

As regards my means of expression, I try my hardest to achieve the maximum of clarity, power, and plastic aggressiveness; a physical sensation to begin with, followed up by an impact on the psyche. (Joan Miro)

That which interests me above all else is the calligraphy of a tree or the tiles of a roof, and I mean leaf by leaf, branch by branch, blade by blade of grass. (Joan Miro)

For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings. When I see a tree, I receive an impact as if it were somebody breathing, somebody speaking. A tree, too, is something human. (Joan Miro)

Throughout the time I am working on a canvas I can feel how I am beginning to love it, and with that love, which is born of slow comprehension… one of the great, concentrated wealth of shades that the earth offers. (Joan Miro)

The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later. (Joan Miro)

My way is to seize an image the moment it has formed in my mind, to trap it as a bird and to pin it at once to canvas. Afterward I start to tame it, to master it. I bring it under control and I develop it. (Joan Miro)

What I am seeking… is a motionless movement, something equivalent to what is called the eloquence of silence… (Joan Miro)

The picture should be fecund. It must bring a world to birth. (Joan Miro)

I begin my pictures under the effect of a shock which I feel and which makes me escape from reality… I need a point of departure, even if it’s only a speck of dust or a flash of light. (Joan Miro)

I think of my studio as a vegetable garden, where things follow their natural course. They grow, they ripen. You have to graft. You have to water. (Joan Miro)

I start from something considered dead and arrive at a world. And when I put a title on it, it becomes even more alive. (Joan Miro)

The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me. I’m overwhelmed when I see, in an immense sky, the crescent of the moon, or the sun. (Joan Miro)

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