His most famous painting (Harlequin Carnival) – Joan Miro

The acclaimed painting, “Carnaval de Arlequín”, interpreted as an elucidation of the human subconscious mind, was a masterpiece of the famous Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramist Joan Miro (1893-1983). Of a modest and secluded nature, Joan was the son of a wealthy goldsmith. Created during 1924-1925, the “Harlequin Carnival” measures 66 cm x 93 cm. This oil on canvas, conceived in France, represents well “surrealism”, the painter’s preferred style. Magnificently unconventional, “Harlequin’s Carnival” has always drawn criticism from art experts for not conforming to the usual eloquence of art.

The carnival shown in the “Harlequin Carnival” is a festival of joy, a period of revelry that ends before Ash Wednesday in the Christian Calendar. The end of the carnival marks the beginning of the season of LENT, which commemorates the Passion of Christ through individual sacrifices over the next forty days. At carnival, people celebrate by dressing up as funny characters and objects called floats and moving around the place, entertaining others and building a pleasant and festive atmosphere. Joan Miro depicts many enthusiastic and colorful characters in “The Harlequin Carnival” as an unprecedented collection, with most of the images and shapes probably created in a playful mood.

The central character in the painting, Harlequin, is a person who wears a mask or disguises himself for fun. The painting shows the hidden expression of a man who imagines himself in an entertaining and joyful environment. Some of the other prominent characters of the “Harlequin Carnival” are two cats that share the same piece of wool to play with and an inquisitive sun peeking out of the window. There are similar looking musical notes that flow alongside a violin. A tall yellow-masked man is shown in the center and a man in guitar costume, seen at his side. This man’s feet are quite visible, as he is standing next to the dice, where a busy insect is sitting. There is a ladder to the left of the painting and above it are two human forms swaying in the gentle breeze, amusing themselves in an imaginative trapezoid shape. It shows a man with a face of two colors, red and blue, with a long mustache and a fish can also be seen on the table. Several other unidentified images are found at the “Harlequin Carnival”, as part of the festive atmosphere.

In general, Joan’s painting definitely provokes the fervor of a carnival in the mind of the viewer. The “Harlequin Carnival” has been defined as “a random choice of images in an illogical arrangement”. The painting currently adorns the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo.

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