Lot 23
  • 23

Joan Miró

1,500,000 - 2,500,000 USD
5,929,450 USD
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  • Joan Miró
  • Personnage
  • inscribed Miró, numbered 3/4 and stamped with the foundry mark FONDERIA BONVICINI VERONA ITALIA
  • bronze
Conceived in 1982.


Galerie Maeght-Lelong, Paris
Guy Loudmer, Paris
Haim Chanin Fine Arts, New York
James Goodman Gallery, New York
Pace Wildenstein, New York 
Acquired by the present owner from the above on April 15, 1997


Paris, Galerie Maeght, Joan Miró 90e Anniversaire, 1983, n.p., no. 15, illustrated in color in the catalogue 


Emilio Fernández Miró & Pilar Ortega Chapel, Joan Miró, Sculptures, Catalogue raisonné, 1928-1982, Paris, 2006, p. 365, no. 396, illustration in color of another cast

Catalogue Note

"What are these figures of Miró that stand before us?... Neither men nor beasts, nor monsters nor intermediate creatures, but with something of all these. Of what 'elsewhere' are they native, from what regions of the fantastic have they traveled?" (J. Dupin, "Miró as a sculptor" in Miró in Montreal, Montreal, 1986, p. 31).

Confronting the fantastical and inexplicable three-dimensional forms Miró created, his biographer, Jacques Dupin, has written, “Miró was the drunken sculptor who staggered but did not fall, who pursued his tight-rope dance among malicious spirits taking form, and answering to his step. It was just a game, but a game in which all the danger lay – in this similar to the delirium of sleep, where minuscule creatures take on gigantic dimensions… And the only way we may face them is to submit them to our own personal whims or to submit to theirs: this is the rule of reciprocity of these works.  Each partner is vulnerable, each awaiting that the other affirm his existence.” (J. Dupin, Miró, Barcelona, 1993, p. 382)

Miró experimented with a variety of media in the creation of his sculptures. He worked in ceramic as well as the more traditional method of modeling in clay for casting in bronze. One of his great innovations was the employment of found materials, which he either uniquely assembled in a collage fashion or cast in bronze for integration with freely modeled forms. While the processes and materials that make up Miró’s sculptures can be described and identified, an explanation or interpretation of the specific forms continuously eludes us. Just as Dupin views the works as independent presences that exist by their own logic, Joan Texidor notes, “The personages now achieve a more self-assured forcefulness, they have become guardian effigies. We could, thus, justly qualify them as enormous. And enormity is precisely the first feature to impress us. Yet, slowly, the initial impression of their massiveness shifts toward other sensations. Finally, we clearly sense that these enigmatic totems have once again arisen before us to question us.” (quoted in ibid., p. 382)