Joan Miró, ‘Femme, oiseau’, 1979, Opera Gallery

Jacques Dupin from ADOM has confirmed the authenticity of this work

Signature: Signed ‘Miró’ (lower right)

Tokyo, Japan, Isetan Museum of Art, Joan Miró, 24 Jan. - 12 Feb., 1980, ill. in the exhibition catalogue No. 106

Alongside Juan Gris and Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró was foremost among a great generation of Spanish artists whose innovations were key to the development of modernist painting. Miró is most closely associated with the Surrealist movement, though it is notable that he never formally joined the group for fear that it might constrain his impulses to innovate and experiment. His most important works explore the world of the unconscious, prioritising dreamlike symbolism over rational representation. Among his legacies is the use of "automatic drawing", of which he was among the first and arguably greatest practitioners, a means of freeing expressive gesture from the strictness of cogent thought.
This late painting reflects the combined influence that American Abstract Expressionism and Japanese calligraphy had on Miró’s artistic development from the 1960s onwards. Here, in his unmistakable iconic style, Miró explores the free gestures of Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings with the artistically rendered symbols of calligraphic texts.

The Harcourts Collection, San Francisco

Private collection

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