About this artwork
In the 1930s, the Surrealist movement grew beyond its avant-garde art origins and extended into the mainstream realms of commerce and advertising, fashion, theater, and design. For two of the great leaders of the movement, André Breton and Louis Aragon, this engagement defied the core principles of the group by bringing avant-garde art into the marketplace. Others, including Joan Miró, embraced it as a venue for new creative possibilities. In addition to designing theater sets, backdrops, and costumes, Miró was involved in the decorative arts. This painting, titled Painting (Figures with Stars), is one of four cartoons for tapestries commissioned in 1933 by the French art collector and gallery director Marie Cuttoli. Two of Miró’s designs, including this one, were made into tapestries at the famous French Aubusson tapestry works.
- Joan Miró
- Painting (Figures with Stars)
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed on verso, c.: "Joan Miró"
- 78 × 97 in. (198.1 × 246.4 cm)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice E. Culberg
- © 2018 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris