Joan Miró Woman (Opera Singer) 1934

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Miró assigned this pastel the title Woman, aiming for something "unpretentious and very ordinary," he said, but the work has come to be known as Opera Singer because of the figure's open mouth and what is often identified as sheet music in her right hand. She is rendered in acidic, highly saturated, and dissonant colors, with flagrantly displayed genitalia.

Gallery label from Joan Miró: Painting and Anti–Painting 1927–1937, November 2, 2008–January 12, 2009.
Medium
Pastel and pencil on flocked paper
Dimensions
42 x 28" (106.7 x 71.1 cm)
Credit
Gift of William H. Weintraub
Object number
509.1964
Copyright
© 2019 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Drawings and Prints

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Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York. Acquired from the artist, [c. 1934] - 1960
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Weintraub, Westhampton Beach, New York. Purchased from Pierre Matisse, 1960 - 1964
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of William H. Weintraub, June 1964

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