Joan Miró. Relief Construction. Montroig, August-November 1930

Joan Miró Relief Construction Montroig, August-November 1930

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 517 The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

This work is one of two of Miró's 1930 wood and metal constructions that are known to have survived. These constructions were made from pieces of wood that could easily have been found at a carpentry shop. Sharp nails are hammered through the red wooden circle at the top left of this composition. Their tips aim outward in an aggressive challenge to traditional artistry and figuration.

Gallery label from Joan Miró: Painting and Anti–Painting 1927–1937, November 2, 2008–January 12, 2009.
Additional text

This work is one of two of Miró's 1930 wood and metal constructions that are known to have survived. These constructions were made from pieces of wood that could easily have been found at a carpentry shop. Sharp nails are hammered through the red wooden circle at the top left of this composition. Their tips aim outward in an aggressive challenge to traditional artistry and figuration.

Gallery label from 2015.
Medium
Oil on wood, nails, staples, and metal on wood panel
Dimensions
35 7/8 x 27 5/8 x 6 3/8" (91.1 x 70.2 x 16.2 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
259.1937
Copyright
© 2021 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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The artist, Montroig
André Breton, Paris. By 1936 – 1937
Paul Eluard, Paris. Acquired from André Breton, 1937
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired from Paul Eluard, 1937

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