Work on Paper
Pastel, gouache, wash, brush and ink, pencil on paper
64.5 x 48.5 Size (cm)
25.4 x 19.1 Size (in)Born 1893 in Barcelona, Spain
Died 1983, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Joan Miró left war-torn France for Mallorca in 1940, then arrived in Barcelona in 1942. Over two years he produced works on paper consisting of shapes and signs, some of which had featured in his earlier work, others completely new, thus creating a sort of alphabet which would form the basis of his painting in subsequent years. These works revolve around recurring themes: women, birds, and stars. After the war, Miró returned to Paris where his reputation was already well-established and spreading to New York. This period of intense activity is illustrated in his work by prolific creativity. In 1949, he embarked on the production of a series of paintings on paper, the ‘Graphismes concrets’ (concrete graphics) whose compositions demonstrate great confidence.
Joan Miró – painter, sculptor, and ceramicist – is a major artist of the 20th century with works included in prominent international museum collections.