Joan Miró, ‘Untitled’, 1934, Opera Gallery

ADOM (Association pour la Défense de l’œuvre de Joan Miró) has confirmed the authenticity of this work

Signature: Signed and dated ‘Joan Miró 2/6/34’ (on the reverse)

Wilmington Museum of Art; University of Pittsburgh; Illinois, Springfield Art Association; Art Association of New Orleans;
Des Moines Art Association & Durham, Duke University, Classic and Romantic Traditions in Abstract Painting (travelling exhibition organised by the MoMA, New York), 1939-40

PUBLIC NOTES: While Miró’s work has been interpreted as Surrealism, in the 1930s he began expressing his contempt for conventional painting methods and the fine art stigma that surrounded them, famously declaring an ‘assassination of painting’ in favour of challenging traditional visual elements. In this 1934 gouache piece, Miró demonstrates is affinity for childlike illustrations in this monochromatic piece that demonstrates his enduring preoccupation with celestial symbolism.

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York (acquired by the late 1930s)
Private collection, Florida
Private collection, USA

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