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Joan Miró

Personnage devant le soleil

gouache and India ink on paper
October 28, 1942
51,5 x 65,4 cm / 20 1/4 x 25 3/4 in.
signed lower right verso signed, dated, titled and inscribed 'Barcelone'

During World War II, Miró was able to leave France shortly before the National Socialists marched into Paris. Since he had always been an anti-fascist and had painted and raised his voice against Franco, he first went to Palma de Mallorca, where his wife’s family lived. In 1942, he went to the family estate in Mont-roig on the Spanish mainland to visit his sick mother, and spent the summer there. Then he rented an apartment in Barcelona. In October 1942, the month he created the present work, he established his studio on the upper floor at Passatge del Credit 4, where he had been born. The works he created there were painted intuitively, without a sketch or preliminary idea. This work is an example of the fantasy world Miró created with such seemingly little effort - for himself and for anybody who was willing to enter it with him. All it took him were a few lines and a little colour to make the viewer wonder what lies beyond.

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