Joan Miró, ‘Sans Titre ’, 181, Martin Lawrence Galleries

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the ADOM - confirmed authentic by Jacques Dupin.
Executed in 1981

Sans Titre is a highly abstract, beautiful and vibrant work from one of the 20th Century’s true masters.

Regarding Joan Miro’s late works ( excerpts taken from Indyweek Oct. 2014 Nasher Museuem show review):
In a new studio on the island of Mallorca, he revisited his perennial visions with a freer, bolder, more ideogrammatic hand, seeking the minimum marks necessary to convey image, proportion and emotional perspective. Many of these later paintings use flaws on the canvases as starting points, and the sculptures are largely built around found objects. A starkly limited number of familiar motifs—female figures, night skies, sprawling landscapes, birds—refract through the lens of a consistent style which nevertheless divulges endless variations.

Miró expressed contempt for bourgeois painting traditions, but he wasn't doctrinaire about it, as is apparent in his work's fearlessly decorative qualities. He was one of the first artists to experiment with automatic drawing, leading to a brief but influential dalliance with the Surrealists. He was a key inspiration for the Abstract Expressionists, not to mention Pop Art and modern graphic design. But his greatest legacy is in paintings and sculptures that are a joy to behold whether or not you know much about them. We now read about André Breton more than we read his actual works, but we still want to look at Miró.

Miró's links with Surrealism are significant—all those squirming lozenges and hairy paisleys are distinctly sexual—but there is something uniquely tonic about his work. Surrealists portrayed the subconscious as a dank, fetid stew of dark fixations, like the cloaca of the mind. Miró found instead a celestial multitude of downy landscapes, where systems of dreamlike rhizomes, instead of being hidden like roots, draw depths up to the surface of the plane.

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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