I love the use of the foot motif in Miro's work. It reminds me of the 70's and how they used to use this motif in decorating. I also like the bold black lines that Miro uses. He was really into the black line and the color black. I hadn't noticed how useful black was before.
I want to continue to explore the artist that influenced Miro. The next one on my list is Maurice de Vlaminck. Vlaminck along with André Derain and Henri Matisse is considered one of the principal figures in the Fauve movement, a group of modern artists who from 1904 to 1908 were united in their use of intense color.
In 1900 his exuberant paint application and vibrant use of color displayed the influence of Vincent van Gogh.He did not attempt to probe the sitter's psychology—a break with the century-old European tradition of individualized portraiture. According to art critic Souren Melikian, it is "the impersonal cartoon of a type." In his landscape paintings, his approach was similar. He ignored the details, with the landscape becoming a mere excuse to express mood through violent color and brushwork.
In 1905 he began to experiment with "deconstruction," turning the physical world into dabs and streaks of color that convey a sense of motion.
Here are some examples of his work.
I think in these examples one can see a very strong Van Gogh influence. No doubt he became a student of Van Gogh just like I am studying Miro. I love the use of colors and the brush strokes. They remind me of stitches.
I did a study of Van Gogh in Artist Trading Cards one year. I really think that the heavy brush strokes of Van Gogh's paintings also examplify a tapestry or embroidery. I did these in cloth and with embroidery stitches.