DAILY ART FIX: The Old Man and The Farm: The Long, Tumultuous Saga of Ernest Hemingway’s Prized Miró Masterpiece

Art world links which caught my eye…

Ernest Hemingway bought “The Farm”

American writer Ernest Hemingway, as part of the Lost Generation of expatriate authors, was well positioned to enjoy the cutting edge Modern art being produced in Paris during the 1920s. He obtained the Joan Miró breakthrough painting “The Farm,” but that was just the beginning of a long and complicated story of its provenance.

Immaculately restored and protected under glass, it betrays little of its long entanglement with the writer, his wives, MoMA, and one of the major political upheavals of the Cold War. In the years around the Cuban revolution and Hemingway’s subsequent suicide, however, the painting took up all the strategic resources that the world’s most important museum of modern art could muster. And almost nothing went according to plan.

Read the full article here: VANITY FAIR – The Old Man and The Farm: The Long, Tumultuous Saga of Ernest Hemingway’s Prized Miró Masterpiece

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ART QUOTES: Taurus Artists

Joan Miro “The Bull Fight”

“The picture should be fecund. It must bring a world to birth.”

-Joan Miro

Joan Miro wrestles with sculpture

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I don’t believe the stars control our fates, or can be used to tell our fortunes. But life has proven to me again and again the time of year a person is born does seem to influence their personalities.

Why would this be the case? I have no idea. But my observations show me the universe is full of patterns, cycles, all evidence of the great underlying order beyond our limited human perceptions. The pseudo-science of astrology is the result of centuries of study on human behavior. Somehow we find echos of our souls projected out into a cosmic scale; around and around we all go, playing our variations of the 12 eternal roles manifested in symbols of animals, mythical beasts, and human archetypes.

We are now in the time of Taurus (April 21 – May 21). They are symbolized by the bull, a summation of their temperament: a powerful beast, earthy, persistent, often placid, but capable of being provoked into an element rage.

Taurus  Traits

  • Determined
  • Practical
  • Patient
  • Down to earth
  • Stubborn
  • Self Indulgent

Can you see the Taurus personality reflected in the work and words of these artists?

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Bridget Riley “Movement in Squares”

“It seems the deeper, truer personality of the artist only emerges in the making of decisions… in refusing and accepting, changing and revising.”

-Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley at work, 1963

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Salvador Dali “The Old Age of William Tell”

“Give me two hours a day of activity, and I’ll take the other twenty-two in dreams.”

-Salvador Dali

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Keith Haring “Untitled”

“My contribution to the world is my ability to draw… Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.”

-Keith Haring

Keith Haring, at one with his work

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Willem de Kooning “Woman with Bicycle”

“I make pictures and someone comes in and calls it art.”

-Willem de Kooning

Willem de Kooning takes a smoke break