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Miro - Pillow Case - Portrait II (1938)



Decorative pillow case featuring a Surrealist painting of Joan Miró  representing a a severe, almost totemic figure.
© Successió Miró Portrait II" (1938)

The original oil on canvas was done during a period when Joan Miró was seeing his mature plastic language take shape, following the phase in which he came closest to Surrealism, and is characterised by an unequivocal monumentality, a feature which would become increasingly common in the artist "works. Portrait II is a stark contrast to Miró "first works, as can be clearly seen when it is compared to, for example, 1918 "La casa de la palmera (House with Palm Tree).

The principal image in Portrait II is a severe, almost totemic figure, and the tones used to execute the motif - pure colours applied over large areas - contribute to the stiffness of the piece, creating a striking presence of the kind that Miró achieved in most of his sculptures. The signs of severity and monumental inflexibility seen here and in other Miró paintings from the same period came about because of the tragic events of the Civil War witnessed by the artist.

Miró was a Spanish painter that combined abstract art with Surrealist fantasy to create his lithographs, murals, tapestries, and sculptures. His mature style evolved from the tension between his fanciful, poetic impulse and his vision of the harshness of modern life.

In spite of his fame, Miró, an introvert, continued to devote himself exclusively to looking and creating.

Technical Specifications

• Invisible zipper opening

• 17 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches
• Jacquard Weave: 95% Cotton, 5% Polyester
• Removable insert is NOT INCLUDED
• Handmade in France



Joan Miró is one of the greatest surrealist artists of the 20th-century. Hailing from Barcelona, Spain, Miró originally went to business school. He soon completely abandoned the practice for art after suffering a nervous breakdown. His early work had various inspirations, including Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh. Through these greats, he channeled a poetic vision of his work, which allowed a natural transition into the Surrealism. He eventually quickly became one of the most important representatives of the group. Miró remained interested in the possibility of creating new forms of visual messages that could exist outside the substantive world. The focus on the abstract in his art led to breathtaking surrealist imagery that subsequently lodges itself in our minds. His successes earned him the Guggenheim International Award in 1958. In 1974, He produced a tapestry for the World Trade Center which was displayed for many years at the building, but, unfortunately, was one of the most expensive works of art lost during the September 11 attacks.


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