- Joan Miró
- Composition (Projet pour un mural de céramique destiné au Wilhelm-Hack-Museum de Ludwigshafen, Allemagne)
- Oil, gouache, pencil and wax crayon on paper mounted on canvas
- 38 5/8 by 220 1/4 in.
- 98.2 by 559.4 cm
José Artigas, Barcelona (acquired from the above)
Private Collection, Europe (acquired from the above in 2002 and sold: Christie's, London, February 6, 2007, lot 49)
Acquired at the above sale
In 1976 the Wilhelm-Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen, Germany commissioned a monumental mural from Miró to adorn the façade of its new building. The Museum was founded after Wilhelm Hack donated his art collection to the city of Ludwigshafen in 1971. Combining the collection of the city with that of Hack, this new museum opened to the public in 1979, with a primary focus of its collection on the development of non-representational art from the early twentieth century to the present day. Discussing Miró’s planning for this massive mural, Jacques Dupin states: “The problem of a large surface…arose again in 1976 for a frontispiece (39 feet 4 ½ inches by 196 feet by 10 ¼ inches) for the Wilhelm-Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen, Germany…. In his sketches he took into account the work’s dimensions and the viewer’s perception of the work from a distance. This yielded a consciously charged, powerful composition with strong colors, intricate forms, and an accelerated rhythm: it is, in a sense, a panoramic vision or a Miró-highway” (J. Dupin, Miró, Paris, 2012, p. 398). In Composition (Projet pour un mural de céramique destiné au Wilhelm-Hack-Museum de Ludwigshafen, Allemagne) the bright color contrasts of yellow, green, blue, red and black captivate the eye and take into account the natural movement of light over the surface of the ceramic plates that form the mural in its entirety.