20 April 2006

Happy Birthday Joan Miró

If you notice a rather decorative display on the french Google site today, it's because of Joan Miró's birthday. Don't be alarmed. Google Corp. hasn't purchased all of Miró's work and permanently adopted a Miroesque logo. Although, I guess we've all seen those Monet umbrellas and mouse pads, so anything is possible.

A blurb from Wikipedia:
As a young man, Miró was drawn towards the arts community that was gathering in Montparnasse and in 1920 moved to Paris. There, under the influence of Surrealist poets and writers, he developed his unique style: organic forms and flattened picture planes drawn with a sharp line. Miró confessed to creating one of his most famous works, Harlequin's Carnival, while hallucinating due to a lack of food. Today, his paintings sell at prices between US $250,000 and US $8 million.

(born 20 April 1893 in Barcelona, died 25 December 1983 in Mallorca)


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