How to Keep Existing in Times of Trouble: Joan Miró’s Writings of the Early Forties

By Clio Meurer.

Published by The Arts Collection

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How do artists manage to overcome periods of tribulation imposed on them by external factors? How do they act when confronted with serious events which not only prevent them from working, but force them to consider the very hypothesis of no longer being able to create? The purpose of this paper is to address these questions by examining how one of the most prominent painters of the twentieth century – Joan Miró (1898-1983) – was capable of securing an artistic existence while undergoing a period of severe crisis. To achieve that, this paper examines a notebook of the artist dating from 1940 and 1941, a specific period during World War II in which Miró had to face up to a situation very similar to the one that has just been described. The notebook examined here (F.J.M. 1323-1411) possesses a unique structure, molded by the Spanish Civil War and World War II. It is a key element to understanding the body of notebooks kept by the artist in the early 1940s, a period that is marked by an extensive use of writing in his creative process.

Keywords: Joan Miró (1893-1983), Painting, Notebooks, Writings, Genetic Criticism

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.43-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.211MB).

Dr. Clio Meurer

Researcher, Grupo de pesquisa em processos de criação, Linha de pesquisa: Teorias do processo, Grupo de Pesquisa em Processos de Criação, PUC/SP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Clio Meurer received her doctorate in Histoire et Sémiologie du Texte et de l’Image from the University of Paris VII (Université Paris Diderot) in 2008. Her thesis, entitled Joan Miró, René Magritte: Écriture et Création Picturale, was awarded the distinction Très honorable avec les félicitations du jury.


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