Painting

A work made of oil, gravel, pebbles, and sand on masonite.
© 2018 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of oil, gravel, pebbles, and sand on masonite.

Date:

summer 1936

Artist:

Joan Miró
Spanish, 1893–1983

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."

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 398

Artist

Joan Miró

Title

Painting

Origin

Spain

Date

1936

Medium

Oil, gravel, pebbles, and sand on Masonite

Inscriptions

Signed, l.r.: "Miró"

Dimensions

30 9/16 × 42 3/16 in. (77.6 × 107.2 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx

Reference Number

1950.1518

Copyright

© 2018 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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