Surrealist? Dadaist? Rebel?

Today, April 20 is the birthday of Spanish artist Joan Miro. Known in some circles as a surrealist, Miro himself denied any labels and rejected any political or social influences on his work. Known primarily as a painter, Miro's canvases were inhabited by whimsical sticklike figures, floating objects and playful interactions among the many personalities he created. He also was a sculptor, creating "The Wall of the Moon and Wall of the Sun" at the UNESCO building in Paris. He also made a tapestry for the World Trade Center and a sculpture called "Miro's Chicago" in the Loop business district.

"The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me. I'm overwhelmed when I see, in an immense sky, the crescent of the moon, or the sun. There, in my pictures, tiny forms in huge empty spaces. Empty spaces, empty horizons, empty plains - everything which is bare has always greatly impressed me." - Joan Miró, 1958, quoted in Twentieth-Century Artists on Art.