Modern and Contemporary Art
Person in the Presence of Nature
Joan Miró, Spanish, 1893 - 1983
Oil and aqueous medium on cardboard
1950-134-149The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
LabelDuring the first several months of 1935, Joan Miró created a group of paintings on cardboard that he later described as a summary, or self-assessment, of his own career up to that point. Person in the Presence of Nature is part of that series. The artist’s macabre treatment of the Spanish landscape in this work might relate to the nation’s mounting political turbulence, which would culminate in civil war (1936–39) and the rise to power of Fascist dictator Francisco Franco.
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