Joan Miró
The Tightrope Walker 1970

Artwork details

Artist
Joan Miró 1893–1983
Title
The Tightrope Walker
L'Equilibriste
Date 1970
Medium Bronze and steel
Dimensions Object: 530 x 280 x 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03402

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Miró often used discarded materials, some of them discovered in the foundry. His aim was to create what he called an ‘unlikely marriage of recognisable forms’. The body of the tightrope walker is made from a child's doll, cast into bronze. The base on which it rests is the cone through which the bronze was poured, while the nails originally held the mould together. The mottled and textured surface results from acid deposits left by the casting process. Each of these elements has an expressive role within the sculpture which, like much of Miró's work, combines humour with suggestions of violence.

July 2013

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