Miro was an artist and sculptor born in Barcelona. He "studied" the works of Van Gogh, Gaugin, Monet, and others. His parents did not want him to be an artist, but after a nervous breakdown suffered from the depression that came from working in an office, they gave it. Influenced by VanGogh and the expressionists, he eventually became known for being a Surrealist painter. He experimented with his art, sometimes alienating other Surrealist painters. Later in his life he painted on paper, and even worked as a sculptor, both in ceramics and later in bronze. By some he is considered the greatest Surrealist painter ever.