Posts Tagged with Joan Miró

Joan Miró, technology visionary?

Did Joan Miró paint a picture of a laptop computer in 1922?
Jun 132012
 

The National Gallery of Art currently has a large exhibition of works by Joan Miró. It’s  a well-organized show that does a great job of providing background and context for his work. As for the art itself, I like his earlier paintings, but the later, more abstract work mostly does not resonate with me.

One of the best-known early-period paintings is “The Farm,” which Miró painted in 1921–22 and which was once owned by Ernest Hemingway.

image of "The Farm" painting by Joan Miró
National Gallery of Art / Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

There’s a lot going on in there, but take a look toward the bottom right corner. What’s that rooster sitting on?

detail of a section of "The Farm" by Joan Miró

I spent a long time staring at this up close at the museum, and I’m pretty sure it’s a laptop computer with a pie chart on the screen. Maybe that rabbit was working on a spreadsheet?