About this artwork
Beginning in 1927, in the spirit of modernist challenges to authority and convention, Joan Miró declared his intent to "assassinate painting" and upend its traditional hierarchies of materials and subject matter. In 1936 the artist began a series of works on Masonite, which he favored for its raw texture and ability to be worked in ways dramatically different than conventional canvas. Painting demonstrates Miró’s search for new artistic materials, including gravel and sand mixed into oil paint. Fascinated with the effect of these rough substances, the artist told his dealer not to be concerned if any of the materials came loose when he sent the work to an exhibition overseas, since it would "make the surface … look like an old crumbling wall, which will give great force to the formal expression."
- Joan Miró
- Oil, gravel, pebbles, and sand on Masonite
- Signed, l.r.: "Miró"
- 30 9/16 × 42 3/16 in. (77.6 × 107.2 cm)
- Gift of Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx
- © 2018 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris