This canvas, one of a series Miró produced during the 1920s which he called ‘automatic paintings’, reveals the influence of surrealism on the artist during this period. Semi-abstracted shapes and sinuous lines suggest sexual organs: breast- like forms appear in the centre and lower left of the picture, while the cerulean blue ground gives the painting a floating, dreamlike quality.
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Original: Tempera and oil paint on canvas 97.2 x 130.2 cm © Successió Miró / ADAGP, Paris and DACS London 2018.
One of the most iconic artists of the twentieth century, Joan Miró’s engaging and richly coloured works are underpinned by a profound concern for humanity and the importance of liberty. Born in Barcelona in 1893, he moved to Paris in 1920 where he became an influential figure in the surrealist movement. However, his identity as a Catalan remained central to his work throughout his life. He responded to the turbulent times he lived through – escaping wartime France and living under the Franco regime in Spain – by developing a deeply personal language of signs and symbols that he used throughout his long career.