Joan Miró, ‘Caress of a Bird (La Caresse d'un oiseau)’, 1967, Nasher Sculpture Center

Signature: Signed and numbered On back: 'Miro 4/4'

1979 Miró Sculptures, Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1979. Exhibition catalogue. 1983 Sculpture: A Sense of Place, Dallas Museum of Art, October 5 - December 31, 1983. 1987 A Century of Modern Sculpture: The Patsy and Raymond Nasher Collection, Dallas Museum of Art, April 5 - May 31, 1987; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., June 28, 1987 - January 3, 1988; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, April 4 - June 5, 1988; Forte Belvedere, Florence, Italy, July 8 - October 16, 1988; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, January 1 - March 31, 1989. Exhibition catalogue. 1996 A Century of Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, October 26, 1996 - January 12, 1997; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 6 - June 1, 1997. Exhibition catalogue. 2003 Outdoor Garden Installation, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, October 20, 2003 - Indefinite. 2008 In Pursuit of the Masters: Stories from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, September 20, 2008 - January 4, 2009. Exhibition pamphlet.

Artist
Galerie Maeght Lelong, New York
Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Dallas, Texas, 1979

About Joan Miró

Joan Miró rejected the constraints of traditional painting, creating works “conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness,” as he once said. Widely considered one of the leading Surrealists, though never officially part of the group, Miró pioneered a wandering linear style of Automatism—a method of “random” drawing that attempted to express the inner workings of the human psyche. Miró used color and form in a symbolic rather than literal manner, his intricate compositions combining abstract elements with recurring motifs like birds, eyes, and the moon. “I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music,” he said. While he prized artistic freedom, Miró revered art history, basing a series of works on the Dutch Baroque interiors of Hendrick Sorgh and Jan Steen. In turn, Miró has inspired many artists—significantly Arshile Gorky, whose bold linear abstractions proved a foundational influence on Abstract Expressionism.

Spanish, 1893-1983, Barcelona, Spain, based in Paris and Catalonia, Spain