JOAN MIRO (1893-1983)

Lot 143 / Sale 7450
joan miro (1893-1983)

Price Realized $572,000
Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

Estimate
    $250,000 - $350,000

Sale Information Sale 7450
Impressionist & Modern Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture Pt I
12 May 1992
New York, Park Avenue

Lot Description JOAN MIRO (1893-1983)

Composition à la lune bleu

signed lower center Miró--signed again and dated on the reverse Miró. 1949--oil on canvas
17 5/8 x 13¾ in. (44.8 x 35 cm.)

Painted in Paris, February 28, 1949

Pre-Lot Text Property from the Estate of
HENRI-GEORGES DOLL

Provenance Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
Perls Galleries, New York

Literature J. Dupin, Joan Miró, Life and Work, New York, 1962, pp. 393 and 555, no. 724 (illustrated, p. 555)

Exhibited Lincoln, University of Nebraska, Sheldon Art Gallery, The 66th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Feb.-March, 1956, no. 59
Nebraska, University Art Museum, 1956
West Palm Beach, Society of the Four Arts, 1960

Lot Notes The Joan Miró, Composition à la lune bleu (a descriptive title only, since the artist referred to this series by their date of execution) is from a special group completed just after the artist's triumphal return to Paris in 1948. Known as the "slow" paintings, they were in fact created quite rapidly. The Doll Miró is typical of a number that the noted critic Jacques Dupin selected for particular comment:

The elaborate paintings are medium-sized and noteworthy for the
diversity and extraordinary refinement of the grounds. Miró
has rarely displayed such sensuous skill in the treatment of his
ground. He did this in a spirit of complete freedom ... Actually these paintings constitute (although this has never been said
before) one of the most important "series" in this artist's
work. (Ibid., p. 393)

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