Portrait of Mistress Mills by Joan Miró was created in 1929. The painting is in Museum of Modern Art, New York. The size of the work is 116,7 x 89,6 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.
This painting takes its cues from an eighteenth–century British portrait by George Engleheart of the singer and actress Mrs. Isabella Mills, humorously recast by Miró’s title as “Mistress” rather than “Mrs.” The figure and background are painted in vivid hues, which fundamentally differ from the naturalistically rendered forms in the original portrait. As with the Dutch Interiors, here Miró rejected the naturalism of his source imagery, aggressively simplifying and distorting it. Read more in Museum of Modern Art, New York.
About the Artist: Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist Joan Miró was born in Barcelona. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism but with a personal style, sometimes also veering into Fauvism and Expressionism. He began drawing classes at the age of seven at a private school at Carrer del Regomir 13, a medieval mansion. To the dismay of his father, he enrolled at the fine art academy at La Llotja in 1907. He studied at the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc… Read more