Joan Miró (20 April 1893 – 25 December 1983) was born into a family of goldsmiths and watchmakers in Barcelona. He is noted for his paintings, sculptures, and ceramic art. His childlike enthusiasm and a natural disdain about the conventional way of painting prevalent at that point of time persuaded him to experiment with a number of methods starting from realism, fauvism to surrealism. Noted author Ernest Hemingway purchased one of his artwork titled The Farm and considered it to be comparable to James Joyce’s Ulysses. He said,
It has in it all that you feel about Spain when you are there and all that you feel when you are away and cannot go there. No one else has been able to paint these two very opposing things.
In 1918, Joan Miró settled in Paris and created many of famous paintings, including The Farm, there. About his own life and work he commented,
For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings. When I see a tree, I receive an impact as if it were somebody breathing, somebody speaking. A tree, too, is something human.