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This is one of Miró’s earliest bronze sculptures, cast from a clay model. Part of the attraction of the medium was, he said, ‘the need to mould with my hands - to pick up a ball of wet clay like a child and squeeze it. From this I get a physical sensation that I cannot get from drawing or painting’. Like his other bronzes, Woman developed out of detailed preparatory drawings, although the original sketch included both male and female characteristics. Miró often used a triangle shape to represent the female figure.

March 2011