Blue abstract art painting: Joan Miro
Joan Miro´s Etoile Bleu abstract painting will be auctioned in a couple of weeks. It seems it will mark a new Joan Miro´s price record for one of his abstract art paintings. (update: it actually did)
Why, how and when Joan Miró used the blue color?. What other abstract art artists have used it too?. What does blue color mean?
From 1925 to 1927 Joan Miró painted about 100 paintings know as “Dream Paintings”. These astonishing abstract paintings, so loved by the surrealists of that time, are charectirized by monochrome backgrounds populated by a few forms not always recognizible. Joan Miró painted from the hallucinations caused by not eating or eating not that much. He said “hallucinations substituted the exterior model. I painted like if I was dreaming, absolutelly free. My paintings from that period and mainly those with blue background, are the most empty ones I have ever painted”.
One of my prefs is Bleu II (I wrote a post about it just after seeing it for the first time). It was painted almost 40 yrs after the “Dream paintings” period. If you want to see it, you have to visit Le Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Take your time. Carefully watch the above abstract paintings. What do you think? It seems that sculptor Michel Leires compared the gradual simplification of details with the emptying of Eastern meditation practices that lead to the contemplation of the void. Do you agree with this?
What I like the most of these Joan Miro´s abstract paintings is their simplification, depht, the power of less is more, and his free attitude toward painting, which as you all know is not that easy to achieve.
The below image is the cover of a Joan Miró book I recommend to get a quick understanding and vision of Joan Miro´s art. Easy to read, and always good to have for a fast consultation.
The following pictures are examples of nonabstract and abstract art paintings whose main color is blue. Enjoy them and join the conversation at the end of this post.
Picasso was master using blue color. Take a look at the background of this painting and forget the figure. It sorrounds you, doesn´t it? Picasso also mastered black and white paintings. See great examples in this five star book about him.
What about this spectacular and enigmatic Robert Motherwell´s blue painting? Simple, powerful, meaningless or meaningful? Easy to see, but not that easy to make.
And the above Barnett Newsman´s or the below Brice Marden´s? How powerful and deep can a simple straight light blue line (called zip by Newman) be!! And a circular one like the ones Marden masters?
Did you know that after 20 years of exploring the possibilities color, Brice Marden considered giving up painting altogether, untill an Asian calligraphy exhibition changed everything?
Learn more about american Brice Marden´s abstract art either reading the above book (click on the image to know more) or this Marden´s retrospective one
Mark Rothko used blue color in many of his abstract paintings. Many!!!. He mastered the way of getting attractive, vivid and different blue tones.
I want to finish this post sharing some of the attributes of Blue color: Infinite, communication, depht, calm, espiritual world, for the budists it´s the color of void, the color of spiritual awakening, tenderness, security, potentiates intelectual activities, lightweight feeling, stimulates persnality, parsimony, sanity…..
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