Sans Titre

Joan Miró

Sans Titre , 1981

Works on paper
19.25 x 27.25 Inches
Gouache, watercolor, pastel and brush, and black ink on paper
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Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York. Acquavella Modern Art, Reno. Opera Gallery, Hong Kong. Christie’s, New York, May 15 2015 (lot 1174)

About the artwork

Sans Titre from 1981 exemplifies Miró’s exploration and use of line, shape, and color in his oeuvre. In this work, as with many from this period, Miró sticks to a limited yet bold and expressive color palette of black with hints of the primary colors. In this untitled work, deep black lines and shapes sweep up and down across the paper, forming an almost geometric image left to be interpreted by viewers. The specks of red, blue, green, yellow, and white make up the background of this composition, dotting the drawing in an energetic manner. There are moments, such as in the bottom center and upper righthand corner, where the colors are opaque and saturated, drawing the eye into the bright instances of color. This work on paper is a remarkable example of Miró’s ability to experiment with formal elements in his work, while utilizing restraint in order to create a vibrant and lively composition that still leaves much up to the imagination of the beholder.

About the artist

Joan Miró

Joan Miró, born in Spain in 1893, was a prolific artist working with painting, sculpture, and ceramics who was widely considered to be one of the most influential leaders of the Surrealist movement. Miró was one of the pioneering artists to incorporate Automatism in his work, “random” drawings and marks that attempt to reveal the human psyche within the innermost parts of ourselves. He experimented heavily with formal elements like form, line, and color, yet balanced this abstraction and non-objectivity with recurring motifs such as birds, eyes, and the moon. He mastered painting and drawing, later spending focused periods throughout his career working exclusively with sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking. Miró embodied the balance between impulse and careful deliberation in his art, which made him an influence not only on some of the most recognizable Surrealists like Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, but also on other larger artistic movements (Abstract Expressionism and Color Field) as well. 

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