Group of Figures (Groupe de Personnages)

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Group of Figures (Groupe de Personnages)

Spain, 1938
Paintings
Oil on canvas
Framed: 21 x 24 1/2 in. (53.34 x 62.23 cm)
Gift of Robert H. Halff through the Modern and Contemporary Art Council (M.2005.38.8)
Currently on public view:
Broad Contemporary Art Museum, floor 3

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Label

Shortly after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), Joan Miró left his native country to visit Paris, where, unable to return to Spain, he would remain for the next four years....
Shortly after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), Joan Miró left his native country to visit Paris, where, unable to return to Spain, he would remain for the next four years. Deeply affected by the 1937 bombing of Guernica and the spread of Nazism, Miró struggled to adapt to the challenging working and living conditions for his family. Nevertheless, he would produce many remarkable works during his Paris stay, many of them small in scale like Group of Figures, painted on October 17, 1938. Known for his surreal, fanciful images that express the subconscious, here Miró positions a frightened figure with raised arms and hair on end, about to be attacked from below and to the right by predatory forms.

Wall label, 2021.
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Bibliography

  • Greenberg, Clement. Joan Miró. New York: Quadrangle Press, 1950.