"For me a form is never something abstract; it is always a sign of something. It is always a man, a bird, or something else. For me painting is never form for form's sake ..."
(Miró, quoted in J.J. Sweeney, 'Joan Miró; Comment and Interview', in Parisian Review, February 1948, reproduced, pp. 206-211, M. Rowell, ed., Joan Miró: Selected Writings and Interviews, London, 1987, p. 207).