Lot 103
  • 103

Joan Miró

120,000 - 180,000 USD
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  • Joan Miró
  • Sans titre
  • Pastel and brush and ink on paper
  • 24 7/8 by 18 1/2 in.
  • 63.2 by 47 cm


Galerie Marwan Hoss, Paris
Galeria Oriol, Barcelona


Jacques Dupin & Ariane Lelong-Mainaud, Joan Miró, Catalogue raisonné, Drawings 1901-1937, vol. I, Paris, 2008, no. 425, illustrated p. 206

Catalogue Note

Joan Miró arrived in Paris in 1920 and his dreamlike canvases rapidly brought him to the attention of the Surrealist movement. Andre Breton saw in the young Catalan artist "a total spontaneity of expression...unrivalled innocence and freedom" (André Breton, Le Surrealisme et la peinture, Paris, 1965, p. 70) that encapsulated the Surrealist principle of automatism. Miró's works articulate in plastic form Andre Breton's dictum that painting should be the "dictation of thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, and beyond any aesthetic or moral occupation" (André Breton, 'Surrealism', This Quarter, vol. V, no. 1, September 1932, p. 16 ), prompting the leader of the Surrealist movement to comment that Miró was, "the most surrealist of us all."

The present work is typical of the unique pictorial language that Miró invented, and the work perfectly encapsulates the artist's aim of generating life and dynamism through the interaction of dream-like figurative elements and color. Despite only the vaguest sense of subject or narrative content, the work amounts to a pictorial poem describing Miró's very personal view of the world.