About This Artwork

Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893-1983

Ciphers and Constellations in Love with a Woman, 1941

Opaque watercolor with watercolor washes on ivory, rough textured wove paper
459 x 380 mm
Signed recto, bottom center, in gouache: "Miró"; inscribed verso: “Joan Miró / Chiffres et constellations amoureux / d’une femme / Palma de Majorque / 12 VI 1941”

Gift of Mrs. Gilbert W. Chapman, 1953.338

© 2016 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery, "Joan Miro," January 9–February 3, 1945, cat. 19.

New York, Aquavella Gallery, "Joan Miro," October 18–November 18, 1972, cat. 43 (ill.).

Zurich, Kunsthaus Zurich, "Joan Miró," November 21, 1986-February 1, 1987, cat. 106; traveled to Dusseldorf, Stadtische Kunsthalle, February 13-April 20, 1987, and New York, Solomon R. Guggeneheim Museum, May 15-August 23, 1987.

Barcelona, Fundació Joan Miró, "Joan Miró," November 24, 1988-January 15, 1989; traveled to London, the Whitechapel Art Gallery, February 3-April 23, 1989.

New York, The Museum of Modern Art, "Joan Miró," October 13, 1993-January 18, 1994, cat. 175.

Basel, Switzerland, Fondation Beyeler, "Calder and Miró," May-August 2004; traveled to Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection, October 9, 2004-January 23, 2005.

Publication History

Pictures on Exhibit, 5 (January 1945), pp. 14, 16, and 25 (ill.).

Columbus Museum of Art, The Early Works of Charles E. Burchfield, 1915-1921 (Columbus, Ohio, 1987), p. 122 (ill.).

Pierre Sterckx, "Constellations chaotiques," BeauxArts Magazine, 10 (2004), p. 72.

Ownership History

The artist to Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, 1944 [according to notes from Pierre Matisse]. Given by Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert W. Chapman, Chicago, to the Art Institute, 1953.

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