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Joan Miró, ‘Moonbird (Oiseau lunaire), also called The Lunar Bird’, 1944, 46 (enlargement 1966, cast 1967) , Nasher Sculpture Center
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Joan Miró

Moonbird (Oiseau lunaire), also called The Lunar Bird, 1944, 46 (enlargement 1966, cast 1967)

Bronze
90 × 80 1/2 × 57 3/4 in
228.6 × 204.5 × 146.7 cm
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Signed, numbered and inscribed with foundry mark Right leg: 'Miro 4/5' Left leg: 'Susse Fondeur Paris'
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(c) 2004 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Photographer: David Heald
Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893–1983
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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.

Joan Miró, ‘Moonbird (Oiseau lunaire), also called The Lunar Bird’, 1944, 46 (enlargement 1966, cast 1967) , Nasher Sculpture Center
Joan Miró, ‘Moonbird (Oiseau lunaire), also called The Lunar Bird’, 1944, 46 (enlargement 1966, cast 1967) , Nasher Sculpture Center
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About the work
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Exhibition history
Provenance
Medium
Sculpture
Signature
Signed, numbered and inscribed with foundry mark Right leg: 'Miro 4/5' Left leg: 'Susse Fondeur Paris'
Image rights
(c) 2004 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Photographer: David Heald
Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893–1983
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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.

Joan Miró

Moonbird (Oiseau lunaire), also called The Lunar Bird, 1944, 46 (enlargement 1966, cast 1967)

Bronze
90 × 80 1/2 × 57 3/4 in
228.6 × 204.5 × 146.7 cm
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