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Joan Miró
HOMME ET FEMME
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 670,000 USD
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329
Joan Miró
HOMME ET FEMME
Estimate
600,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 670,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Joan Miró
1893 - 1983
HOMME ET FEMME
Welded iron and ceramic on wooden base
Height: 95 1/2 in.
242.5 cm
Executed in 1962.
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Provenance

Aimé Maeght, Paris (acquired by 1964)
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York (acquired by 1974)
Acquavella Modern Art, New York
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, May 10, 2000, lot 46
Private Collection, United States (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2005

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Maeght, Miró-Artigas, 1963, no. 11, illustrated in the catalogue
New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery, Miró-Artigas Ceramics, 1963, no. 10, illustrated in the catalogue
London, Tate Gallery & Zurich, Kunsthaus, Joan Miró, 1964, no. 231
Saint-Paul, Fondation Maeght, Sculptures de Miró, céramiques de Miró et Llorens Artigas, 1973, no. 238
New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery, Miró-Artigas: Terres de Grand Feu, 1985, no. 30, illustrated in color in the catalogue
Zurich, Kunsthaus & Dusseldorf, Städtische Kunsthalle, Joan Miró, 1986-87, no. 154, illustrated in color in the catalogue
New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Joan Miró: A Retrospective, 1987, no. 134, illustrated in color in the catalogue
New York, Museum of Modern Art, Joan Miró, 1993-94, n.n., illustrated in color in the catalogue

Literature

Manuel Gasser, Miró-Artigas, Zurich, 1963, no. 268, illustrated in color p. 44
Juan Perucho, Joan Miró y Cataluña, Barcelona, 1970, no. 143, illustrated in color p. 193
Jose Pierre & Jose Corredor-Matheos, Céramique de Miró et Artigas, Paris, 1974, no. 318, illustrated p. 164
Rosa Maria Malet, Joan Miró, Bacelona, 1983, no. 117, illustrated pl. 117
Francesc Miralles, Llorens Artigas, Barcelona, 1992, no. 880, p. 328
Joan Punyet Miró & Joan Gardy Artigas, Joan Miró, Josep Llorens Artigas, Ceramics, Catalogue raisonné 1941-1981, Paris, 2007, no. 331, illustrated in color p. 276

Catalogue Note

Homme et femme is the product of Miró’s fruitful collaboration with the ceramicist Joseph Llorens Artigas. It is one of two-hundred ceramics Miró and Artigas produced in Galliffa, north of Barcelona. There, Miró fell in love with the rocky landscape: “Our work sprang directly from the landscape. It became part of it, so that when we put some ceramics out of doors they immediately became one with nature” (quoted in Rosamond Bernier, Miró/Artigas, Terres de Grand Deu, New York, 1985, n.p.).

This profound relationship with nature is reflected in the present work whose ceramic element exhibits the rough, porous quality of the local stone. One of many such whimsical works, Homme et femme, part sculpture, part found object, signaled a new direction for Miró’s painted personages, one that he would continue to explore successfully throughout the later part of his career. While the female form is represented throughout the artist’s oeuvre, the male form is less frequently depicted. The pairing of this primeval couple is an especially powerful expression of the relationship between the sexes.

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