Artwork from the JSP Estate/Private Collection

 

Artist

Joan Miro

Nationality

Spanish

Artist Dates

1893-1983

Title of Work

L'air

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Date of Work

1937

Medium

Lithograph

Edition #

Verve Magazine, first issue

Signature

Signed in stone

Height

14"

Width

10 1/2"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection: James Smith Pierce Collection

Status

On display: Second floor

Location

Memorial Union

Artist Bio

Joan Miro was a Spanish artist born in 1893 in Barcelona, Spain. Miro originally studied at business school as well as art school but after overcoming an extreme typhoid illness he decided to devote the rest of his life to painting. He is best known for his paintings, sculptures, ceramics that are influenced by the seaside views of Barcelona as well as the Surrealist, Cubism and the Fauvist art movements. Works by Joan Miro can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art and many others internationally.

Additional Information

Student composed text panel:

Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983)
L’air, 1937
Lithograph
UND Art Collections: James Smith Pierce Collection
Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations.

During his first year in Paris after fleeing Spain at the eruption of the Spanish Civil War, Miro was tasked to create a work for the first issue of the Paris-based Verve Magazine. Miro was one of four artists who each chose one of the four elements as inspiration for their work for this publication.

Like many of his works during this period, L’air is thought to take some influence from the Spanish Civil War; particularly the ‘scorched’ ground and grotesque figures pictured towards the bottom of the work.

Work included in 'School of Paris' exhibition, 2019.

Condition

Very Good

Condition Notes

Tape remnants verso

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