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PROPERTY FORMERLY FROM THE SANDBLOM COLLECTION

Joan Miró
TÊTE ET OISEAU DANS LA NUIT
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 912,000 USD
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PROPERTY FORMERLY FROM THE SANDBLOM COLLECTION

Joan Miró
TÊTE ET OISEAU DANS LA NUIT
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 912,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Joan Miró
1893-1983
TÊTE ET OISEAU DANS LA NUIT
Signed Miró (lower right); title and dated 3/1/66 on the reverse
Oil on scored panel
8 1/4 by 7 7/8 in. (quadrangle)
21 by 20 cm
Painted on January 3, 1966.
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Provenance

Galerie Maeght, Paris

Grace and Philip Sandblom

Literature

Jacques Dupin & Ariane Lelong-Mainaud, Joan Miró.  Catalogue raisonné, Paintings 1959-1968, Paris, 2002, vol. IV, no. 1226, illustrated p. 176 (titled Tête et oiseau dans la nuit)

Catalogue Note

For Miró, women, birds, stars, the moon, the sun, the night sky and dusk formed a distinctive, poetic language. He first introduced the motif of a woman with a bird, in a realistic mode, in his paintings of 1917, but it was only after he completed his celebrated Constellations series in 1941, in which women, birds, and stars prominently appear, that this theme became the primary subject of hundreds of drawings, pastels, gouaches and paintings. With reference to the imagery embedded in his works, Miró made the following comment: "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 Miro and Georges Raillard, Ceci est la couleur de mes reves, Paris, 1977, p. 128).

During the 1960s, Miró experimented with painting on a wide variety of supports, including canvases fragments, sack cloth, wooden boards and masonite that were scored, burned and broken, newsprint, and even touristic paintings from local antique shops.  For the present composition, Miró employed an irregularly shaped panel which he distressed in order to create a jarring juxtaposition between crisp, bright abstract forms and the archaic and antiqued background. 

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