Woman and Bird

Woman and Bird, Joan Miró
Photo by William J. Hebert.

The imaginative nature of Joan Miro’s repertoire is widely admired. Although associated with 20th century Surrealism, his long career was highly individualized. Unlike his paintings and prints, most of Miro’s sculptures began with simple found objects transformed nearly beyond recognition to create another form or figure.

In Woman with Bird for example, the body of the figure derives from an old milk stool and the head from the lid of a can. Shared with his two-dimensional works, his sculptures are frequently brightly painted vibrant colors contributing to the visual energy, even playfulness, of the work.

Joan Miró. Woman and Bird, 1967. Painted bronze, 49 x 18.62 x 16.5 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Estate of Joan Miró, Artists Rights Society (ARS)/ADAGP.