This engaging and brightly coloured work reveals Miró’s use of a deeply personal visual language, rich with symbolic meaning. The figures of a woman and a bird are identifiable under a red-tinged moonlight. The imagery and simplicity of the composition suggests a harmonious relationship between man and nature, which Miró saw as threated by modern civilisation.
Women and Bird in the Moonlight
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 81.3 x 66 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.