Joaquim Mir Trinxet (Barcelona, 1873 – 1940)
He was a son of Ignasi Mir i Dussol and Isabel Cheira . His father was a modest trade representative of haberdashery and jewelery and his mother was the sister of textile businessman Avel • li Cheira who later had a great importance to the life of Mir, because later he became his patron. Early studies he made at school of Sant Miquel where he met Isidre Nonell. As a young man working with his father’s business. He began studying under the direction of Lluís Granero, who initiated him into the landscape genre. In 1893 he began studying at the School of Llotja, where he was taught by Antoni Caba. He was part of the gang of Saffron (also known as gang of Sant Martí), a group of artists founded 1893 and composed of Isidre Nonell, Ricard Canals, Ramon Pichot, Juli Vallmitjana and Adrià Vado. Also came in contact with the group of artists who frequented Els Quatre Gats.
In 1899 Mir went to Mallorca with Santiago Rusiñol, where he met the mystic Belgian painter William Degouve de Nuncques, whose work would influence his own. In the same year he won the second prize at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts and at the end of the year with James Rusinol moved to the village of Sa Calobra where he made some of his best paintings. Working in isolated circumstances in Mallorca, Mir painted odd landscapes in which forms and chromatic colors merged. In his first exhibition in Barcelona in 1901, the critical reviews were positive but the public found his paintings difficult to comprehend.
In 1903 he was agitated and moved to the Psychiatric Institute Pere Mata Inmate for health reasons. In 1913, for family reasons, he went to Mollet del Vallès, and 1918 to Caldes de Montbui. In 1921 he married and settled in Vilanova, on a farm now known as Casa Mir. Since then developed pictorial Montserrat intense campaigns in Valencia, Andorra, etc.
He is considered one of the greatest exponents of the immediate post-modernism painters, creator of a very personal post-impressionism. He died in Barcelona in 1940 after a stay in prison, accused by the dictatorship of collusion with the Republic.