Miró‘s Women, Birds August 2 1973 (1973)
This seemingly abstract drawing by Miró is a good example of how you should always keep a look-out for the artist's face. Every composition, after all, is generally speaking an image of the artist's mind.
This drawing is titled Women, Birds August 2 1973 so it would be natural for the observer to find women or birds in the composition. And, yes, the shape of two birds can be seen perching on an ink mark near the top left-hand corner. What most viewers will not have seen, though, is that the whole composition is based on......
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......a jumbled close-up of Miró's own face so that all the smaller details of birds and women are taking place within it. There are three specific features that fix his face in the drawing: the two small eyes on an incline with lines circling around them (perhaps his glasses) and the tiny mouth. His nose is either absent or appears, perkily higher than in reality, as that thick black brushstroke emerging from between the eyes. Regardless, by focussing on the eyes and mouth, Miró's face appears.
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Original Publication Date: 07 Aug 2010
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