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28 Aug 2012 1 comment Lídia Penelo

Following in the footsteps of Joan Miró in Mont-Roig del Camp

Every artist has his or her sources of inspiration. One of Joan Miró’s was Mont-Roig del Camp (Red Mount), the town where his father had bought a summerhouse. The painter, set foot on Mont-Roig del Camp for the first time in 1911. He was only 18 and was ill. However, soon got into the habit of walking to the current Miami Playa, where he did exercises. Few were aware that those runs and stretching exercises were to improve his health. But this universal Catalan took his physical wellbeing so seriously that he also took long walks. He roamed around the town of Mont-Roig and beyond, to a chapel called Verge de Déu de la Roca. The Red Mount that gives its name to the town captivated Miró. In fact much of the scenery of the area is present in some of his paintings such as Tierra labrada (1923-1924), La masía (1921 – 1922) or Huerto con asno (1918).

Miami beach

Young Miró, accustomed to the urban atmosphere of the big city, Barcelona, discovered the country life in Mont-Roig. He felt like at home here, and spent long periods of time. Although in the 20s and 30s of the twentieth century Miró went to Paris, he came back to Mont-Roig for the summers. His last was in 1976, when he was 83. During the six and a half decades that Miró was a regular here, he hosted some of his big-name friends like Ernest Hemingway, Alexander Calder, or Josep Lluís Sert.

To discover first-hand the places that inspired the early creations of the painter, we suggest a route called ‘mirar’ (to look), Miró, and Mont-Roig (3MR) that you can do on foot or on a bike. The route starts from Peixerota beach and enters inland, towards the chapel of Verge de Déu de la Roca, near the heart of Mont-Roig. Five miles in total divided into nine sections, with signs and info about the artist. One of the highlights of this itinerary is a visit to the Miró farm because lets you see, in person, what was the artist’s workshop.

The route ends at the chapel of Verge de Déu de la Roca. Next to it you will find Sant Ramon, a small white building which is on the edge of the rock that crowns the red mount. A breathtaking sight, Miró found so inspiring, he immortalized it in his work titled Mont-Roig, Sant Ramon, painted in 1916.

The Miró Center

 Upon completing the itinerary, in the actual town of Mont-Roig you can pay a visit to the Miró Center, located in what’s know as the old church. Created in 2004, this space displays reproductions of all the artist’s works created in the area and the dolls that inspired some of his later works. You can also watch several documentaries about the painter himself and his relationship with the town. One of the jewels of the Miró Center is a tapestry created by the artist himself together with Josep Royo. The center also organizes exhibits and activities revolving around the figure of Miró. One of them is celebrated at the dawn of summer. It is an entire weekend when the residents attempt to reproduce some of Miró’s work as carpets made of colored shavings.

The Miró Center

If you consider yourself a Miró devotee, aside from this trip to Mont-Roig, you can also enjoy the works of the artist, displayed at the Miró Foundation in Barcelona, or if you feel like mixing art with exercise, you can rent a bike and choose one of the routes in Barcelona that focus on his figure.

Comments

  1. Juan María Llopis (Català) va dir això el 28 Aug 2012

    Una visita altamente recomendable. Combina momentos lúdicos y culturales.

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