Joaquim Mir

Barcelona, 1873 – 1940

Joaquim Mir entered the La Llotja Fine Arts School in Barcelona in 1893. His work was highly innovative for the time in Spain, albeit devoid of references to European artists, as he is one of the few painters of his generation who did not live in Paris. In 1900 he came to Mallorca, where he resided for three years; he immediately began his pictorial itineraries along the Tramuntana coast, along with Santiago Rusiñol and the Mallorcan painter Antoni Gelabert. His obsession with achieving a style of his own led him to base himself on strong contrasts of light and chromatic expressivity, until becoming unconcerned with form in favour of the mastery of colour.