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Seminar: Visual Culture Research Paper Progress


About The Painting

Joan Miro a Catalan Spanish Painter born in 1893 painted the work Pomme de Terre in 1928. Pomme de terre means potato in french. The painting is 39 3/4 x 32 1/8 inches. It is made with oil paint and it is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City gallery 906. The painting was first sold by Gallery Pierre in Paris on July 1930 for 10.000 francs to Valentine who owned a gallery in New york with Pierre matisse who then sold it to the Laughing family for the amount of 500 dollars. the painting kept being should through Pierre Matisse until it ended up in the hands of the Gelman family who later left it to the museum. The painting has been showed in many  important museums and galleries around the world from Mexico City all of the way to the centre pompidou in Paris. It is categorized as part of the surrealist movement.

Research Questions:

What do the colors in this artwork say about the period in which it was painted?

What was Miro trying to express with this work?

How is the concept of “potato” represented in this painting?

How do each form in the painting helps create what the artist was trying to express?

What was Miro hoping to achieve with this composition?

Annotated Bibliography

“Joan Miró | Potato.” Joan Miró. Accessed March 30, 2015. http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/490004?=&imgno=0&tabname=object-information.

This Resource is the main painting I am researching called “pomme de terre” by Joan Miro. In this link you can find exactly where you would find the painting, where the painting has been and who has owned it. I believe this link is important because it helps me gain and understanding of not only the change in value but about the background information of the painting and the artist.

Johnson, Ken. “Filtering Miró’s Work Through a Political Sieve.” The New York Times. August 2, 2012. Accessed March 30, 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/03/arts/design/joan-miro-the-ladder-of-escape-at-national-gallery.html.

In this article by the new york times the author uses an exhibition called the ladder of escape that featured Miro’s work and tries to see it through a political lens. This article was the firs one I read and it was essential to me gaining a better understanding of mires work and how people saw it. It introduced me to the ongoing question of Miro’s politics that I later found was a common theme in many of the other articles.

Gomis, Soledad. “Joan Miró: Sereno Y Rebelde.” El Cicerone. http://www.jstor.org.libproxy.newschool.edu/stable/pdf/40816434.pdf?acceptTC=true

This article though in spanish I found at  jstor it gave clues regarding the previews article of how moro was a passive rebel through his career here you begin to see evidence of what he might have tried to portray through his abstract paintings that changed so much through the years.

Hopkins, David. “Joan Miró. Barcelona.” The Burlington Magazine Vol. 135, no. No. 1088 (1993): 784-85.

In this Magazine article you can see how the spanish artist career went from his hometown of Barcelona to all around the world. Of all of the articles this is the one that mostly represent his growth. It is a review of his  exhibition at the “Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona” after it closed.

Adamas, Tim. “Joan Miró: A Life in Paintings.” The Guardian. March 19, 2011. Accessed March 30, 2015. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2011/mar/20/joan-miro-life-ladder-escape-tate.

This link shows visually and through text how Miro changed through his art and how his art changed due to his life. I believe this link would be extremely helpful since it connects directly to my thesis that would be examining the evolution of Joan Miro’s career. Though specific evidence you see how Miro’s art changed and evolved.

Mitchell, Paul. “World Socialist Web Site.” Joan Miró: An Artist “in the Service of Mankind” -. March 27, 2012. Accessed March 30, 2015. https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/03/miro-m27.html.

This simple link explained who moro was as an artist his biography, where he came from and where he went. This isi essential to my research paper since to understand what the painter might have wanted to portray through his art one must understand and get to know the painter. There is no doubt in my mind that even though it might not be completely evident every artist reflects part of his life in his paintings or works. This article will help me compare his work to his life through the decades.

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