Nuage et Oiseaux (Cloud and Birds)
Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893–1983)
146 x 114 cm (57 1/2 x 44 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery (Gallery 155)
André Breton, the poet and philosopher who served as the intellectual anchor of Surrealism declared Miró "the most surrealist of us all." But while Miró was influenced by Surrealist ideas, he was not a central figure in the movement, having more strictly visual interests than many of the Surrealists. This work, with its cloud surrounded by calligraphic black scrawls and wispy strokes that hint of birds, dates from a period in Miró's career when he was pushing ever closer to almost completely abstract works, often defined by broad areas of color and inhabited by strange "biomorphic" shapes.
Lower right: Miro / 1927
Galeria Maeght, Barcelona [see note 1]. 1973, Max Pellequer, Paris; June, 1973, sold by Pellequer to the Galerie Beyeler, Basel; July, 1973, sold by Beyeler to Giuseppe Nahmad, Galleria Internazionale, Milan. 1980, Davlyn Gallery, New York; 1980, sold by and exchanged with the Davlyn Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 18, 1980) NOTES:  A label from the Galeria Maeght can be found on the reverse of the painting's stretcher, with the number B 534 (or B 594).
Sophie M. Friedman Fund and Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund
© 2011 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris