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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Joan Miró
PROJET POUR 'MIRÓ I CATALUNYA'
JUMP TO LOT
364

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Joan Miró
PROJET POUR 'MIRÓ I CATALUNYA'
JUMP TO LOT

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Joan Miró
1893 - 1983
PROJET POUR 'MIRÓ I CATALUNYA'
signed Miró twice (lower right & upper right)
gouache and brush and ink on paper
27 by 26.5cm., 10 5/8 by 10 3/8 in.
Executed in 1968.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Jacques Dupin. 

Provenance

Manuel de Muga, Barcelona
Galeria Mayoral, Barcelona
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Barcelona, Recinto del Antiguo Hospital de Santa Cruz, Joan Miró, 1968-69, no. 174, illustrated in colour in the catalogue and on the cover

Literature

Alexandre Cerici Pellicer, Miró en su obra, Barcelona, 1970, illustrated p. 194

Catalogue Note

Executed for Juan Perucho’s book of the same title, Miró y Cataluña encapsulates the artist’s deep connection with the Catalan countryside. Miró's self-identification with his native land is apparent in the present work, reflecting the purest essences of the Catalan spirit. Perucho describes Catalonia as a region where traditional seny (sanity) and follia (inspired madness) co-exist together in a state hovering perpetually between harmony and tension. Miró’s emphatic application of black paint and seemingly arbitrary splashes of colour against a monochromatic background imbue Miró y Cataluña with a spontaneity characteristic of the artist’s œuvre.

Miró made reference to his purifying evolution towards ever more schematic forms: ‘I always feel the need to achieve the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means… A modelled form is less surprising than a form as yet un-modelled. Without modelling or chiaroscuro, the depth is unlimited: movement can be extended to infinitude. Little by little I have managed to reach a point at which I use no more than a small number of forms and colours. My personages have undergone the same process of simplification as the colours. Now that they have been simplified, they appear more human and more alive than if they had been represented in all their detail. Had they been represented in all their detail, they would lack that imaginary life which amplifies everything’ (quoted in Perucho, Joan Miró y Cataluña, Barcelona, 1968, pp. 238-246).

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