Miró made reference to his purifying evolution towards ever more schematic forms: ‘I always feel the need to achieve the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means… A modelled form is less surprising than a form as yet un-modelled. Without modelling or chiaroscuro, the depth is unlimited: movement can be extended to infinitude. Little by little I have managed to reach a point at which I use no more than a small number of forms and colours. My personages have undergone the same process of simplification as the colours. Now that they have been simplified, they appear more human and more alive than if they had been represented in all their detail. Had they been represented in all their detail, they would lack that imaginary life which amplifies everything’ (quoted in Perucho, Joan Miró y Cataluña, Barcelona, 1968, pp. 238-246).
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