- 款識：銘刻藝術家簽名及鑄造廠章 Fonderia Artistica Bonvicini, Verona 並標記4/4
- 高122 英寸
- 310 公分
Acquired from the above in 1985
Joan Miró (exhibition catalogue), Grand Palais, Paris, 1974, illustration of another cast p. 28
Franco Basile, Joan Miró, Bologna, 1977, illustration of another cast in color p. 235
Alain Jouffroy & Joan Teixidor, Miró Sculptures, Paris, 1980, no. 152, illustration of another cast in color p. 76
Joan Miró: Milano; pittura, Scultura, Ceramica, Desegni, Sobreteixims, Grafica (exhibition catalogue), Pilazzo Dugnani, Milan, 1981, illustration of another cast p. 97
Miró esculator (exhibition catalogue), Madrid, Centro Reina Sofia & Barcelona, Fundacio Joan Miró, 1986-87, illustration of another cast p. 196
Emilo Fernández Miró & Pilar Ortega Chapel, Joan Miró, Sculptures. Catalogue raisonné, 1928-1982, Paris, 2006, no. 186, illustration of another cast in color p. 187
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Miró's assemblages are some of his most inventive works of art. Repurposing utilitarian objects like forks and pipes, with the occasional addition of objects from the natural world such as shells and rocks, the artist would build his fanciful creations. According to Pilar Ortega Chapel, the present work was created using a shell and a tube of white glue that the artist assembled into a single form. From this model, he made a series of plasters in increasing size to arrive at the large-scale model from which Femme was cast.
In contrast to the elaborate, fanciful, and sometimes even Baroque nature of his sculpture, Miró's titles were invariably basic and minimal. According to the catalogue raisonné of his sculpture, there are approximately 90 sculptures with the word Femme in the title, either whole or in part. The same approach to naming his works equally applies to his paintings and works on paper. For most of his output in the latter half of his career, his works are titled with three basic words: Woman, Bird, and Star. Within such a limited repertoire he found endless means of expression. The present work bears unmistakable allusions to the female form. First, the upright arrangement of elements with the spherical seashell atop, mimics the form of a standing figure. The two protuberances to the midpoint of the cylinder can easily be read as breasts, while the vertical teardrop recession on the opposite side relates to a woman's sex. Like the Paleolithic stone carvings of goddesses of fertility, such as the famed Venus of Willendorf, with their exaggerated secondary sexual characteristic and absence of facial features, the present work achieves a universal status as a representation of woman, source of all creation. Miró breathes life into the inorganic matter he assembled.
The present bronze is numbered 4/4 from an edition of 4 numbered casts created during the artist's lifetime, plus one nominative cast made posthumously for the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona.