I think of my studio as a vegetable garden, where things follow their natural course. They grow, they ripen. You have to graft. You have to water.

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.

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The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later.

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What I am seeking… is a motionless movement, something equivalent to what is called the eloquence of silence…

mirothe-poetess1940The Poetess, 1940

I work like a labourer on a farm or in a vineyard. Things come to me slowly. My vocabulary of forms, for instance, has not been the discovery of a day. It took shape in spite of myself… That is why I am always working on a hundred different things at the same time.

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In a picture, it should be possible to discover new things every time you see it. But you can look at a picture for a week together and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.

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 Poetry and painting are done in the same way you make love; it’s an exchange of blood, a total embrace – without caution, without any thought of protecting yourself.

For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings. When I see a tree, I receive an impact as if it were somebody breathing, somebody speaking. A tree, too, is something human.

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 Art class was like a religious ceremony to me. I would wash my hands carefully before touching paper or pencils. The instruments of work were sacred objects to me.

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The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.

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Painting must be fertile. It must give birth to a world.. ..it must fertilize the imagination.

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“You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.”

“The power of color reveals the fragility of the line.”

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“I provoke accidents – a form, a splotch of color. Any accident is good enough.”

I begin my pictures under the effect of a shock which I feel and which makes me escape from reality… I need a point of departure, even if it’s only a speck of dust or a flash of light.

The simplest things give me ideas.
Joan Miró

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