Catalan artist Joan Miro’s work encompasses a range of mediums and styles, all linked by a bold outlook and experimental approach. Born 1893 in Barcelona he was attracted to art from an early age, attending La Llotja art school in 1907. The artist’s alignment with the emerging surrealist and cubist movements meant that his work received a frosty reception, encouraging him to move Montparnasse in 1920. Enjoying the districts vibrant and open art scene, he soon joined the Surrealist group. The resultant paintings were dubbed ‘dream’ works and provide a template for much of Miro’s later work - abstract in nature without ever totally abandon subject matter. The tragedies began to engulf Europe gave his work a previously absent political tone in line with his leftist outlook. After the war Miro would work on several high profile commissions including a tapestry for New York’s world trade centre and the enormous ‘Dona i Ocell’ sculpture on Barcelona. Miro died of a heart attack in 1983.