Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893 – 1983) is one of the most famous and influential Surrealists of the 20th century. The Art of Joan Miro varies in media from painting and prints to sculpture and ceramics. It depicts something vastly different from our real, physical world; it is instead inspired by the subconscious and the irrational. His work is found in great museums throughout the world, such as the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Tate. As a result, Miro’s art sells well at auction.


Born in Barcelona in 1893, Miro studied art at various schools in Catalonia before traveling to Paris in the 1920s. He became a fixture of the French art scene until the Second World War. Much like his fellow Spaniard Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989), Miro found great inspiration in the ideas of Surrealist poets, who highlighted the realm of dreams and the subconscious.

While Dali made works of art that were grounded in “real” images, Miro desired to go in another direction entirely: abstraction. Miro’s paintings and prints show bright unmixed colors and forms that sometimes vaguely resemble things we know and experience in our waking hours. In his work, we sometimes see things like an animal, a person, or an eye. Mostly, however, these forms are often unidentifiable, with lines and shapes that move throughout the image. What we see is not any thing, but rather the expression of Miro’s subconscious mind. In fact, Miro was known for a technique called “automatic painting”, where he would paint without thinking about it. The result is a messy, irrational, and supremely mesmerizing painting of Miro’s own invention. Miro’s personal style inspired other artists to create art in much the same way, and thus Miro was a major influence on Abstract Expressionism.

Joan Miro Abstract Print

The Prints of Joan Miro

While Miro worked in paint, he was by no means exclusively a painter; he would often stop painting for years at a time, and focus on other media. Miro found wide distribution for his work through prints, especially lithographs. Since lithography produces many examples of each work of art, lithographs allowed Miro’s visual style to be expressed to a wide audience. In addition, fans of Miro’s art can find examples of his work for an economical price.

Selling Miro at Nest Egg Auctions

Nest Egg Auctions has experience selling lithographs by Joan Miro. Two are illustrated here. Both are excellent examples of Miro’s style of abstract Surrealism. Large black forms dominate the center of both compositions, with bright colors peppered throughout. What they might depict is up to the viewer, though one certainly appears anthropomorphic. The other, titled La Majorquin Taciturne (1969), is an unidentifiable black mass over a bright orange background with splashes and splatters of purple, green, and yellow. Both prints inspire contemplation and entry into Miro’s subconscious mind.

Both of these works on paper sold exceedingly well, and Nest Egg Auctions is always happy to sell works by Joan Miro. If you have a work by Miro, or believe that you might, please feel free to reach out to us! We would be honored to see it, and let you know what you have.