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Drawn to the artistic community gathering in Montparnasse, in 1920 he moved to Paris, where, under the influence of Surrealist poets and writers he developed his unique style. His surrealist works are considered amongst the most original of the 20th century.
One of the most radical of surrealist theorists (the founder of surrealism, André Breton, described Miró as "the most surrealist of us all"), Miró expressed his contempt for painting (at least as conventionally thought of) and his desire to "murder" and "assassinate" it in favor of new means of expression, in numerous writings and interviews from the 1930s on.
Shuzo Takiguchi published the first monograph on Miró in 1940.
In his final decades Miró accelerated his work in different media, producing for instance hundreds of ceramics, including the Wall of the Moon and Wall of the Sun at the UNESCO building in Paris. He also did temporary window paintings (on glass) for an exhibit.
Today, his paintings sell between US$250,000 and US$8 million. Many of his works are exhibited in the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona.
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