The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

April 20, 2017

April 20

Joan Miró (April 20,  1893 to December 25, 1983) was an artist whose painting is definitive of the modern sensibility. The thumbnail below is of a work of art titled "The Beautiful Bird Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Lovers". I see a cat. "The Beautiful Bird Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Lovers" is dated to 1941. We quote the Museum of Modern Art on this painting.

Artwork description & Analysis: In the Constellations series of 1940-41, Miró set about to create new challenges, and figure out new solutions, to his compositions. The The Beautiful Bird Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Lovers, features a reduced palette, including a solid background that emphasizes the simplified forms and lines that together mimic the appearance of a complex constellation in the night sky. In the midst of producing this series, Miró was forced to flee with his family from France to Mallorca to escape advancing German troops. Evidently the family took little else with them aside from these paintings. The crowded, chaotic feeling of these compositions in some ways echo Miró's feelings regarding the violent upheaval in Europe at the time.

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