Still Life With Old Shoe Analysis

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Joan Miró was a Spanish painter and sculptor. He was born in 1893 in Spain into a family of craftsmen (“Joan Miró Biography”). At a young age he started to draw instead of doing his homework and later dropped out of business school in order to pursue his art career. Although he wasn’t in the best economic situation, Miró was still able to make ends meet. When the Spanish Civil War broke out, the chaos brought up many challenges for his family. These challenges also presented a lot of inspiration for his artwork. It was said that he was finally “plunged into reality” which made him realize the difficulties of life (Lanchner 69). This realization brought about two pieces, Still Life with Old Shoe and Self-Portrait I (Lanchner 69). From these …show more content…
He also included many juxtapositions of unrelated objects and images to bring up a dream-like aura in his pieces. These dreams and subconscious ideas reflected the Freudian influence of psychoanalysis that was present in the world around this time (Voorhies). You can see the biomorphic ideations in the Still Life with Old Shoe. The forms all have rounded edges which represent an amoeba. You can also see the surrealist aspects in The Hunter (Catalan Landscape) with the organic shapes and odd forms that don’t represent something specific: many interpretations can be seen. You can also see semi-abstract items that represent dream-like ideas. Although he did not come up with these movements and themes, Miró continued to be huge influence for them in the future as well as other important movements such as Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Painting (“Joan Miró …show more content…
With the figures all bundled to the right side, it feels like there is chaos in the air. These emotions reminded me of the wars that are going on in today’s society, especially in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. The yellow colors of the background remind me of the dessert and the morphed figures represent all the distress that they are under while fighting in the war. The red color on their bodies could represent the pain they are in while the yellow could represent the hope they still have and the green could be the “renewed life” they have in order to keep fighting on. A sense of adventure is also present from the setting: the figures could be discovering a mountain in the dessert for the first time which could express wonder and amazement. The landscape is very open and plain which could represent freedom and the ability to explore new things that are unknown: a new found innocence. The three figures could also be in somebody’s dream where they represent three friends going on an adventure. I know that I have had many dreams about my friends and I going on weird adventures. The painting as a whole represents chaotic ideas in a simplistic environment. Miró expressed this by putting colorful and abstract figures in a plain

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