Great masters like Miro were often inspired by the images of Classical Western myth and literature. In this instance, the inspiration comes from Ovid's original descriptions of the mythical Harpy a creature with a woman's body but the talons and wings of a bird. Miro takes this foreboding creature and turns it into something light and colorful. Miró's whimsical approach maintains a sense of the original figure but interjects a sense of lightness and color that is infused in all of Miró's finest works.
Joan Miró was born in Spain in 1893 and quickly had more of an interest in art than academics. After being forced into the business world by his parents, Miró had what can be characterized as a bit of a breakdown, and abandoned his business career and devoted himself to making art. He went on to study landscape and decorative art at the School of Industrial and Fine Arts in Barcelona. Early in his career, he primarily painted still-lifes, landscapes, and genre scenes. As he traveled, more contemporary influences interested the artist, such as Fauvism, Cubism, and Surrealism. He often used a limited palette, but the colors chosen were bold and expressive. Miró’s signature geometric shapes, biomorphic forms, and partially abstract objects are seen on many platforms in multimedia from engravings and ceramic pieces to large bronze installations as well as printmaking.
Medium: Collotype in colors on Arches Wove Paper.
Edition: 152 of 225
Frame Size: 35" x 41" x 3"
Publisher: Mourlot Paris
Frame: This item is sold framed. Since it has been previously displayed the frame may have minor imperfections. Please contact us for a detailed condition report.
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