The imaginative nature of Joan Miró’s repertoire is widely admired. Though the artist is associated with 20th-century Surrealism, his long career was highly individualized. Unlike his paintings and prints, most of Miró’s sculptures began with simple found objects—transformed nearly beyond recognition to create another form or figure. In Woman and Bird, 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, Miró’s sculptures are frequently brightly painted vibrant colors contributing to the visual energy, even playfulness, of the work.
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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.