Joan Miró. The Birth of the World. Montroig, late summer-fall 1925

Joan Miró The Birth of the World Montroig, late summer-fall 1925

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Here Miró applied paint to an unevenly primed canvas in an unorthodox manner—pouring, brushing, and flinging—so that the paint soaked into the canvas in some places while resting on the surface in others. On top of this relatively uncontrolled application of paint, he added schematic lines and seemingly familiar shapes--a bird or kite, shooting star, balloon, and figure with white head--planned in preparatory studies. Miró once said that The Birth of the World describes "a sort of genesis," an amorphous beginning out of which life may take form.

Gallery label from 2015.
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
8' 2 3/4" x 6' 6 3/4" (250.8 x 200 cm)
Credit
Acquired through an anonymous fund, the Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Slifka and Armand G. Erpf Funds, and by gift of the artist
Object number
262.1972
Copyright
© 2019 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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The artist
René Gaffé (1887-1968), Brussels and Cagnes-sur-Mer. Acquired from the artist c. 1926 - 1968
Jane Gaffé (Jane Labie, Mrs René Gaffé), Cagnes-sur-Mer. Inherited from her husband, November 1968 - 1972
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from Mrs. René Gaffé, Cagnes-sur-Mer, October 1972

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