JOAN MIRÓ Untitled

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Signed Miró (lower right); signed Miró, dated 26/I/71. and 5/II/71. and inscribed in Catalan (on the verso)
Gouache and India ink on paper
16½ by 24⅛ in. (42 by 61 cm)
Executed January 26-February 5, 1971.

Private Collection, Spain

Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, En Miró de Mallorca, 1992, no. 15, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Jacques Dupin & Ariane Lelong-Mainaud, Joan Miró: Catalogue Raisonné, Drawings Vol. III, 1960-1972, Paris, 2012, no. 2263, illustrated in color p. 281

While Joan Miró experimented with numerous mediums and techniques throughout his prolific career, he maintained a clear and individual artistic voice that has informed generations of subsequent artists. Like his lifelong friend and fellow artist, Alexander Calder, Miró brought a kinetic dynamism to his work. In the present work, Untitled (1971), Miró’s colorful biomorphic forms spring to life, suggesting movement beyond the paper. On the verso of Untitled, Miró inscribed in Catalan: “this sun…it gives light to all that we love.” Cosmic forms consistently appear in Miró’s oeuvre. The artist once said that “the spectacle of the sky overwhelms me. I am overwhelmed when I see a crescent moon or the sun in an immense sky. In my paintings there are often tiny forms in vast empty spaces.” [1] Untitled takes a different approach, however; the bright red sun, “that gives light to all that we love,” is colossal in its presence. Vibrant, patterned forms revolve around the bright star, appearing to dance in a celestial formation.
[1] Margit Rowell, ed., Joan Miró: Selected Writings and Interviews, Boston, 1986

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