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Joan Miró
1893 - 1983
FEMME, OISEAU, ETOILE
signed Mirò (lower center) ; signed Joan Mirò, tittled Femme, oiseau, étoile, inscribed Barcelone and dated 3-2-1943 (on the reverse)
gouache, watercolour, pastel and pencil on paper
26 3/8 x 20 1/2 in.
Painted in 1943.
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Jacques Dupin, Ariane Lelong-Mainaud, Joan Mirò, Catalogue raisonné. Drawings, vol. II : 1938-1959, Paris, 2010, no. 1064, illustrated p. 138

Provenance

Galerie Maeght, Paris
Gustav Zumsteg, Zürich
Collection Dr. W. Schlapbach, Zürich
Collection Karl Gysel, Zürich
Thence by descent to the present owner



Catalogue Note

The Constellations series (1940-1941) is the point of departure for a set of no less remarkable works where Miro’s prodigious inventiveness unfolds in a frenzy of experimentation. Jacques Dupin described perfectly the extreme and joyful artistic licence of these drawings made between 1942 and 1943: “All the variations of these pages turn around a unique theme, the Woman Bird Star, which is the title of a great number of works. It is always a variation on this theme of great simplicity, variations that are all the more rich, complex and disturbing as the theme retains this elementary simplicity. The woman, the stars and a few animals are figures that are both common and fantastic which lend themselves to the infinite combinations of the artist’s imagination.” (quoted in Miro, Martigny, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, 1997, p.106.)

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