- Joan Miró
- Personnages, étoiles
- Signed Miró and dated 1949 on the reverse
- Oil on unstretched canvas
- 9 1/8 by 21 7/8 in.
- 23.3 by 55.3 cm
Acquired from the above
When Miró painted this canvas at the end of the 1940s, he was at the height of his international celebrity, following the wildly successful exhibition of his series of small-format gouaches, known collectively as the Constellations, some years before at Pierre Matisse's gallery in New York. What the public, his dealer and his critics recognized in Miró's pictures from this era were a certain zeal and optimism that was in sharp contrast to the somber mood of post-war Europe. Miró was in fact responding to that very mood, and he expressed his determination to persevere in his art. The present work, with a boldness and visual bravura, beautifully exemplifies the resilience and triumph of his artistic pursuit.
In his working notes from this era, Miró makes particular mention of his preference for small canvases in the 1940s, stating "don't do excessively large canvases. That could be a sign of mediocrity the way it is in tows that want to build big things, without giving a thought to the greatness of spirit they might contain" (quoted in Margit Rowell, ed., Joan Miró, Selected Writings and Interviews, Boston, 1986, pp. 184-85).