This dark and complex print is typical of Miró’s post-war imagery. A series of strange, organic looking shapes appear to swim in the black and green space of the canvas. The shapes are suggestive of amoeba – single cell organisms that can change shape – giving the viewer a sense of microcosmic activity that has overtones of sexuality and reproduction.
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Original: Etching on paper 37.7 x 45.5 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.