Two Of The Famous Spanish Painters

By Darren Hartley

A Catalan Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist, Joan Miro i Ferra started painting when he was only 8 years old. This is the reason behind Joan Miro paintings dating back to 1901.

The early Joan Miro paintings were a mixture of different trends. There were the pure and brilliant colors of Fauvism. There were the shapes from Cubism. There were the influences from folkloric Catalan art and Roman church frescos.

Surrealism was introduced in Joan Miro paintings during a trip to Paris in 1921. From there, Joan Miro paintings began to take interest in the object, in the form of collages. They also experimented in other artistic forms, including engraving, lithography, water colors, pastels and painting over copper. The highlight of Joan Miro paintings in this period where the two ceramic murals Joan made, that is, the Wall of the Moon and the Wall of the Sun, for the Parisian UNESCO building.

Joan Miro paintings concentrated on monumental and public works by the end of the 60s. They were characterized by body language and freshness, special attention to material and stamp of informalism. They concentrated on the symbol emerging as the piece of work, disregarding representing theme. Joan Miro paintings are embodiments of Joan's very eccentric style, a unique approach to his artwork.

An influence to important 19th and 20th century painters, Goya paintings were reflections of contemporary upheavals. It was for his multifarious paintings, drawings and engravings, that Francisco De Goya y Lucientes, a consummate Spanish artist was best known for.

Known for their scenes of violence, a number of Goya paintings drew inspiration from the French invasion of Spain. Goya's series of etching referred to Disasters of War recorded the horrors of the Napoleonic invasion of Spain.

The Naked Maja and the Clothed Maja are considered masterpieces among the Goya paintings. Charming portraits, including that of Senora Sabasa Garcia can be found among the surviving Goya paintings.

Francisco was referred to as the first of the moderns because of his Goya paintings that showed a bold technique, haunting etching satires and belief that the vision of an artist is far more important than tradition. Goya paintings also mark the beginning of 19th century realism based on their uncompromising portrayal of the times.

Goya paintings that established Francisco's artistic reputation included fresco paintings for the local cathedral, which were done in decorative rococo tradition. The most important period in the artistic development of Goya paintings was 1775-1792 when Francisco painted cartoons for the Madrid royal tapestry factory. The first genre Goya paintings, reflecting scenes from everyday life were done during this period.

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