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|France, Mid-20th Century|
Created in France, this marvelous Joan Miro Art Deco rug is decorated with a brilliant assortment of abstract shapes rendered in a selection of clear primary colors. Known for his abstract designs and experimental works, this colorful rug features a variety of interpretive shapes and abstract figures designed to capture the viewer's imagination. Rippling outlines, bulging roundels and narrow straits add a painterly, hand-drawn influence to this classically modern Art Deco rug.
Drawn with calligraphic brush strokes and bold lines, this artful French rug depicts an ever-changing variety of symbols, animals and natural shapes ranging from spiraling lemon peels to flamboyant French poodles rendered in a bold combination of sapphire blue, ruby red, emerald green and citrine yellow set over a luxurious ivory field.
|Location of Origin: Europe|
|Medium/Materials: Wool, cotton|
|Dimensions: 4 ft 8 in x 6 ft 6 in (1.42 m x 1.98 m)|
|Primary Classification: Textile Arts : Other|
|Secondary Classification: Antiques, Decorative Arts and Furniture : Rugs and Carpets|
|The multi-discipline Catalan artist Joan Miro (1893 - 1983) was a pioneer and innovator in modern art. Born in Barcelona, Joan Miro became a prominent fixture in the art world joining a variety of surrealist, experimental and dada groups that were active in France and Spain. Miro is famous for his paintings, large-scale sculptures, murals, ceramics and tapestries. He was also an avid printmaker renowned for his handcrafted prints and lithographs.|
Born into the family of a goldsmith and cabinetmaker, Miro studied art before becoming an accountant. After suffering a life-changing nervous breakdown, the artist’s family encouraged him to concentrate on art. Following a successful solo exhibition in 1918, Miro moved to Paris where his works were featured alongside Picasso, Matisse and other greats. At the time, a revival of tapestry and weaving techniques was occurring. Between 1920 and 1930, workshops in Aubusson faithfully recreated the works of Miro and fellow Catalonian Pablo Picasso as rugs and tapestries.
In 1974, Miro created an expansive tapestry that was displayed in the World Trade Center until the priceless piece was destroyed in the tragic September 11th terrorist attacks. Miro was originally opposed to the idea but later embraced the concept learning weaving techniques and creating several monumental works, including several collaborative pieces with Joseph Royo. Miro left an exceptional legacy of artistic works and textiles that span more than 60 years. Today, Joan Miro is widely regarded as the father of abstract expressionism and one of the greatest modern artists.
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