Miró’s mature works demonstrate an expressive freedom that reflects the ‘automatic’ painting of the Surrealist group, whom Miró was greatly aligned with but never explicitly joined. The vertical scale of this work further reflects the artist’s interest in abstraction and its execution is reminiscent of the spontaneity of brushwork found within the works of the Abstract Expressionists. The artist’s later works are a fascinating response to new trends in abstraction, reacting to the enthusiasm of Abstract Expressionists, such as Jackson Pollock, who in turn credited Miró with influencing the spontaneous application of paint on their canvases.
Miró created two works entitled Oiseaux on 2nd September 1972 and they can be seen to complement one another. After its conception, the present work was sent to New York where Miró was represented by the New York dealer Pierre Matisse whilst its counterpart was sent to the Parisian Galerie Maeght.
Oiseaux was exhibited in the seminal retrospective of Miro’s work in Paris at the Grand Palais, in 1974 and now 45 years later it comes to auction coinciding with the Grand Palais’ hosting of a second retrospective of Miró’s work (October 2018 - February 2019).
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