Joan MiróWomen and Bird in the Moonlight 1949

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Artist
Joan Miró (1893‑1983)
Title
Women and Bird in the Moonlight
Femmes, oiseau au clair de lune
Date 1949
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 813 x 660 mm frame: 1049 x 897 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1951
Reference
N06007

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This work belongs to a series of paintings that Miró made in 1949–50 in Majorca.
Miró’s use of simple shapes and bright colours constitutes a highly personal visual language, often charged with symbolic meaning. In this case, the women and bird of the title are easily identifiable under the moon and stars. This imagery suggests a harmonious and elemental relationship between man and nature, which the artist felt was threatened by modern civilisation.

August 2013

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