Joan Miró moved from Barcelona to Paris in 1920. He remained deeply attached to his native Catalonia. Miró returned each summer to his family’s farm in the village of Montroig. In 1921, he determined to make a painting of this farm, a painting that he came to regard as one of the key works in his career.
“The Farm” represents an amalgamation of intense realism with the formal vocabulary of cubism. Let your eye wander over this painting, corner to corner. We see a collection of separate details, each carefully observed and precisely described. Yet the artist chooses to render some objects as abstract, geometric shapes. Why do you think this is? What does he depict realistically, and what does he abstract?
Joan Miró, “The Farm,” 1921-1922, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mary Hemingway