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Joan Miró, Spanish, 1893 - 1983
Like many of his fellow Surrealists, Joan Miró utilized an eclectic mix of unorthodox strategies as fuel for his creative process. This painting, in spite of its large scale and nature-derived shapes, was based on a collage that the artist made by piecing together printed illustrations of mechanical goods, including drainpipes, propellers, and umbrellas. Eighteen such pairs of paintings and collages exist, and together point to an unlikely connection between the mass-produced and the hand-made. But seen alone, apart from its original source, the final canvas remains that much more mysterious....

Object Details
With Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, by December 1933; sold to A. E. Gallatin, New York, January 11, 1935 [1]; bequest to PMA, 1952.1. The Matisse Gallery stockbook, 1931-1942 records the sale of the painting, entitled "Composition", stock no. 288, to Gallatin on this date (Pierre Matisse Gallery Archives, The Morgan Library, New York, Box 171, file 34). The official date of the Matisse Gallery's purchase from Miró is listed as January 11, 1935, also; however, Carolyn Lanchner gives the acquisition date as c. December 1933, based on the fact that the Matisse Gallery exhibited the work at that time (see Lanchner, Joan Miró [exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York], New York, 1993, no. 106).

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