By Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
Updated September 17, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

JOAN MIRO, 1893-1993 (Bulfinch Press, $75) Miro’s style is thrillingly hard to pin down: His paintings, drawings, and sculptures range from neo-Cubism to Abstraction, darting from lush, Cezanne-like landscapes to collages reminiscent of Matisse’s Jazz series. But Miro’s strength comes in his ability to transcend category with a singular vision that is instantly recognizable. His work is almost always soaked with joyous color and delicate lines; without exception, it is beautiful. This graceful book, a celebration of the artist’s 100th birthday that accompanies a retrospective at the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, includes work from the early 1900s through 1981 (Miro died in 1983). Ultimately, this glimpse of Miro becomes a fascinating look at the development of much of this century’s European art. A+ -Rebecca Ascher-Walsh