Joan Miró Women and Bird in the Moonlight 1949

Artwork details

Artist
Joan Miró 1893–1983
Title
Women and Bird in the Moonlight
Femmes, oiseau au clair de lune
Date 1949
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 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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