Joan Miró. Drawing - Collage. (1936)

Joan Miró

Drawing - Collage


Not on view
Crayon and decals on paper
25 1/4 x 17 1/8" (64.0 x 43.3 cm)
Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller
Object number
© 2015 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Joan Miró has 164 works online.
There are 9,603 drawings online.

In order to free the hand from the rational dictates of the mind, the Surrealists practiced a technique known as automatic drawing, in which the artist's subconscious mind guides a line's path across the page. In this work, Miró harnessed that practice to describe a series of organic shapes that add upto a body. Collaged color reproductions of a fish and a chick recall the first title Miró gave this drawing-collage, L'Origine de la bête humaine (The origin of the human animal). Bearing both breasts and a phallus, this figure blurs the distinction not only between human and animal but also between the sexes.

Gallery label from Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration, March 14–July 9, 2012

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