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Femme assise (Seated Woman)

© Successió Miró S.L. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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© Successió Miró S.L. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Joan Miró

Spanish, 1893-1983

Femme assise (Seated Woman), 1935

gouache and watercolor on paper

sheet: 14 1/4 x 11 3/8 inches (36.19 x 28.89 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear, 1966

1966:9.12

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Inscriptions

inscription / back / Joan Miro/Femme Assise/8/8/35
signature / center right / Miro

Provenance

Pierre Matisse Gallery, NY;
A. Conger Goodyear;
bequeathed to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1966

Class

Paintings (visual works)

Work Type

Gouache (painting)
Watercolor (painting)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Seated Woman is from a group of around fifty small-scale gouache works that Joan Miró made during the summer of 1935, which reflect his increasing anguish over the political turmoil and approaching civil war in Spain. He referred to this group of works as tableaux sauvages (savage paintings); they are characterized by their elegant lines, exaggerated forms, and brilliant color palettes. While at an initial glance, the disproportionate forms of this work may be unsettling, the figure is also elegant. Graceful lines trace her upper torso to her neck and even into her upswept hair. The flowing lines contradict key expressive elements in the composition, such as the figure’s raised arms, furrowed brow, and pursed lips, which almost make her seem as if she is recoiling in terror. Miró’s signature, floating free in the middle-right portion of the canvas, is perhaps a suggestion that the artist sees himself as part of the composition and envisions that he will be involved in events to come.

Label from Artists in Depth: Arp, Miró, Calder, March 25, 2011–April 15, 2012

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