Joan Miro was a Spanish abstract painter, sculptor, and ceramist. He belonged to a group of expatriate artists who came to Paris at the turn of the 20th century to exhibit their work in avant-garde galleries and trade ideas in underground cafes. He moved in the same circles as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali and enjoyed a similar level of professional success. In the fall of 2018, Miro’s work was showcased in an exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. Among the exhibition’s main draws was a series of 3 massive paintings called “Bleu I,” “Bleu II,” and “Bleu III” (Figure). Each painting depicted a few bold dots and lines on a background of blue. They were composed according to a technique called “automatic drawing,” in which Miro allowed his hand to roam freely on the canvas without knowing how the piece would unfold. The paintings were displayed in the venue’s largest room and clearly positioned to draw attention. But as viewers walked past them, their admiration seemed to be tempered by a powerful countersentiment: confusion. What did the paintings mean?
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Taran S, Detsky AS. Miro’s Dots and Lines. JAMA Intern Med. Published online June 17, 2019179(8):1019–1020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.1922
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