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Dog Barking at the Moon
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Dog Barking at the Moon

Joan Miró, Spanish, 1893 - 1983

Made in Montroig, Tarragona, Spain, Europe


Oil on canvas

28 3/4 x 36 1/4 inches (73 x 92.1 cm) Framed: 34 1/2 x 42 1/8 x 2 3/4 inches (87.6 x 107 x 7 cm)

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 269, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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A very spare and simple treatment makes this setting of the artist’s family farm in his Spanish home village appear mysterious and imaginary.

Miró’s preparatory sketch for this work had an extra dimension of quirkiness: the dog’s “bow wow” written out in words rising upward, and the moon replying “You know, I don’t give a damn” in a cartoon-style text balloon. He subsequently crossed the words out in the drawing and then excluded them from this painting.

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