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胡安.米羅

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10,000,000 - 15,000,000 USD
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描述

  • 胡安·米羅
  • 《人頭像》
  • 款識: 畫家簽名Miró 並紀年月5-31(左下); 另題畫名於背面
  • 油畫畫布和木材,鐵絲,砂紙與線
  • 32 x 25¾ 英寸
  • 81.3 x 65.4公分

來源

皮耶.科勒畫廊, 巴黎
皮耶.馬蒂斯畫廊, 紐約
 G..大衛.湯普森, 匹茲堡
皮耶.馬蒂斯畫廊,紐約 (於1954年前購得)
阿諾.H..馬瑞蒙特夫婦, 芝加哥(1961年前購自上述人士處)
貝伊勒畫廊,瑞士巴塞爾(1969前購得)
私人收藏,瑞士
阿奎維拉畫廊, 紐約
現有藏家於1988年購自上述人士處

展覽

「超現實主義展覽」,巴黎,皮耶.科勒畫廊,1933年
「第27屆威尼斯雙年展」,威尼斯, 1954年
「芝加哥所收藏的胡安.米羅作品」,芝加哥,藝術俱樂部, 1961年,品號16,圖錄附圖版
「胡安.米羅」,倫敦,泰德美術館與蘇黎世,蘇黎世美術館, 1964年,品號93,圖錄附圖版
「西班牙藝術家」,瑞士巴塞爾,貝伊勒畫廊,  1969年,品號19,圖錄附彩色圖版
「胡安.米羅」,紐約,現代藝術博物館,  1993-94年,品號94,圖錄附彩色圖版

出版

傑克.杜邦, 《米羅》, 巴黎,1961年,品號284,圖版頁236
傑克.杜邦, 《米羅》, 巴黎,1993年,品號174,圖版頁163
傑克.杜邦與埃芮恩.勒隆-麥諾德, 《胡安.米羅作品專題目錄: 繪畫1931-1941》, 第2冊,巴黎,2000年,品號353,圖版頁33
《超現實主義在巴黎》(展覽圖錄),貝伊勒基金會, 2011年,圖版附於一幀相片中

拍品資料及來源

A rare masterpiece of "anti-painting", Tête humaine provides a glimpse into the development of Miró's personal iconography. Resistant to categorization, Miró rejected labels and artistic agendas, choosing instead to discover a profoundly individual artistic vocabulary. Miró painted the current work during an intensely creative moment in his career, a time when he broke away from discernible influences and created wholly unique works. He generates here an eloquent dialogue between painting and the incorporation of found objects. Though redolent of both Dadaism and Surrealism, with a visionary expression, Tête humaine transcends the movements that dominated European Modernism at the time.  

Throughout the 1920s, Miró fostered an autonomous identity amid the circle of artists active in Paris. Associating with the Dadaists and subsequently the Surrealists, Miró began to develop his artistic voice. Through his fellow Spaniard and good friend, Pablo Picasso, Miró would meet many of the luminaries that dominated this culturally thriving metropolis. Though he absorbed the surrounding ethos and appreciated the aesthetic advances made by Picasso, Miró maintained a singular voice through his paintings. By the end of the decade, he had developed a poetic vocabulary that would wind its way throughout the remainder of his oeuvre (fig. 2). Miró painted the current work at the end of this sojourn in Paris, just before he was forced to move back to Barcelona in 1932.

Collage became an important focus for Miró in the early 1930s. He looked beyond the myopic definitions of painting and searched for, in his own words, "anti-painting". He incorporated found objects onto the surfaces of his paintings, while playfully relying upon the rectilinear restrictions that had dominated the history of Western painting (fig. 3). This use of fully dimensional collage is not without precedent and finds a parallel in the works of Dadaists Hans Arp and Kurt Schwitters (figs. 5 & 6). However, Miró's ability to integrate the elements in the current work - circular wooden pieces, twine, sandpaper and thread - with the painted passages is entirely unique from Dada experiments. The result is an unprecedented choreography of sculptural object and painterly illusion.

The artist's use of collage was noted among his contemporaries. Catalan art critic, Sebastià Gasch, visited the artist's studio shortly after he painted the current work. Anne Umland writes of his experience there: "Gasch, following a visit to Montroig with Miró's friend and avant-garde patron Joan Prats in late September 1931, described the creative ambience in which Miró produced these works, comparing the artist's studio to a 'bric-a-brac store' filled with 'very bizarre objects,' including 'cane roots that resemble black idols, skeletal fragments found at the beach that resemble Egyptian sculptures, cork with incrustations of mollusks that have rich qualities, shells, dolls smashed, nails, pebbles, little mirrors of the carrer de la Boqueria, postcards from the carrer Nou.' Despite their oddity, Gasch went on to write, the objects in and of themselves are insignificant; it is only in Miró's juxtaposition of the materials that they are transformed to 'take on... an intense and penetrating life'" (Anne Umland, Joan Miró, Painting and Anti-Painting, 1927-1937 (exhibition catalogue), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008-09, p. 102).

The originality of Miró's works from the mid-1930s would have an immense effect on both his contemporaries and subsequent generations of artists. Vividly explored in a series of exhibitions at the Fondation Beyeler is the clear dialogue between Miró's paintings and the sculptures of his close friend Alexander Calder. Indeed, the intersecting forms in the present work find a parallel with Calder's mobiles and stabiles executed a few years later. Echoes of Miró's biomorphic formology can be found in works by other Surrealists, such as Yves Tanguy and Max Ernst. The personal iconography extant in the present work however is entirely unique to Miró. The figural description in the current work will appear again in the artist's series of shocking pastels executed on flocked paper in the mid-1930s (fig. 7).

The plasticity which pervades Tête humaine characterizes the strongest of Miró's compositions and became a beacon for artists in the latter half of the twentieth century. Miró arrived at this formal language through years of personal exploration. Carolyn Lanchner has written of the '...force of his determination to assert a clear identity for his art. In order to express his particular experience of reality, he had somehow to reimagine the way painting could be made, to think his way out of the conventions it had thus far fostered. Like all the truly original modern artists, he had - as he put it, with less originality than urgency - "to go beyond painting." In September 1923 he described his efforts to his friend J. F. Ràfols: "I know that I am following very dangerous paths, and I confess that at times I am seized with panic like that of the hiker who finds himself on paths never before explored, but this doesn't last, thanks to the discipline and seriousness with which I am working"' (Carolyn Lanchner, Joan Miró (exhibition catalogue), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1993-94, p. 17).

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