319A
319A
Joan Miró
SANS TITRE
Lote. Vendido 569,000 GBP (Precio de adjudicación con prima del comprador)
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319A
Joan Miró
SANS TITRE
Lote. Vendido 569,000 GBP (Precio de adjudicación con prima del comprador)
SALTAR AL LOTE

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Joan Miró
1893 - 1983
SANS TITRE
signed Miró. (lower right), dated 17/XI/77. and dedicated a M. Rosa i Rafael Orozco, amb tot l'afecte (lower left); dated XI/77 on the reverse
gouache, brush and ink, wash and coloured crayon on paper
77 by 56cm., 30 1/4 by 22in.
Executed in November 1977.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by ADOM.

Procedencia

Rafael Orozco, Spain (acquired directly from the artist)
Private Collection (acquired from the above, circa 1990)
Sale: Christie’s, New York, 9th May 2013, lot 140
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Nota del catálogo

Painted in 1977, Sans titre is a striking and superbly assured example of Joan Miró's mature work. Executed with an astonishing technical flair and the economy of pictorial means typical of the last decades of the artist’s life, the present work reveals Miró’s style oscillating between figuration and abstraction. The vibrantly coloured central shapes coalesce to create a form which suggests a figural basis, with the contours seeming to depict a head, arm and legs. Yet there are arguably other pictorial elements which can be discerned, leaving an intriguing uncertainty as to the true subject of the image. The same year he painted the present work, the artist addressed the ambiguity inherent in these pictures: ‘It might be a dog, a woman, or whatever. I don't really care. Of course, while I am painting, I see a woman or a bird in my mind, indeed, very tangibly a woman or a bird. Afterward, it's up to you’ (Joan Miró & Georges Raillard, Ceci est la couleur de mes rêves, Paris, 1977, p. 128). The works that Miró completed during his mature period demonstrate a level of expressive freedom, exuberance and confidence in his craft, all qualities which endow Sans titre with an irresistible sense of joie-de-vivre.

Sans titre is dedicated to Miro’s close friends, Rosa and Rafael Orozco. Their friendship had an unusual and dramatic beginning: on New Year’s Eve 1965 Miró’s daughter, Maria, was in a car accident and suffered a serious injury to her leg. Transported to a local clinic, she was looked after by Dr Orozco, who happened to be on duty that evening. Dr Orozco’s care was vital in aiding Marie’s recovery over the following months, and the grateful Miró became close friends with the doctor and his wife as a result.

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