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Room 8

In 1947 Miró and his family made an extended stay in New York, and the following year he resumed his visits to Paris. As his first trips outside Spain since 1940, they represented an important re-connection with the international art world where his reputation as one of the masters of Surrealism became established.

This was a period of reassessment for Miró. In a group of paintings peopled with figures, birds and stars he revisited the imagery of The Constellations on a larger scale. These paintings appear more benign than the earlier works and may reflect Miró’s greater confidence in the balance he established between recognition on the international stage and inner exile at home.