01 02 03 Eleanor Greer: thoughts about Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí. 04 05 15 16 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 31 32 33

thoughts about Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí.

Compositional opposites; hard to believe they were influenced by many of the same factors, at the same time and in the same cities/countries. Their investigations of space; Miró explores space compositionally, a small form and a large form creates the visual idea of distancing.

Dalí explores space in a fracturing, realistic, dream dimension where a form never completely forgets it's origin. A body remains a body, however stretched it may be.

They are certainly both experimenting, repeatedly, and although Miró sculpted, wove, drew and assemblaged (if that can be a verb) he feels much more a painter than Dalí. Is that his commitment to the mark, the agressive ability of a brush to carve and scar a canvas? Dalí looked for flatness, even when creating illusionistic depth in painting. That separation is felt even in his installations; he has left the scene while Miró remains present.

"that is the difference between poetry and prose. Living as a poet means feeling that ecstasy every day of your life, every hour if possible. A poem flies out of the post like a spark...With one of two fewer words the poem would leap straight up into the sky." R. Bly from "Lorca & Jimenez"
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