Miró‘s Painting (1933)
In 1928 Joan Miró stopped signing his works, leading Anne Umland to remark in the catalog for a 2009 exhibition that he had renounced “one of the most traditional symbols of authenticity.”1 Yet, remarkably, no expert has noticed that he did not stop signing his works. He just started turning the entire canvas into an image of his signature, in one work after another. His name, after all, is quite significant for a painter given its close link to the Spanish verb, mirar: to look.
Take a 1933 canvas, simply titled Painting and read it from the bottom up. Try seeing the letters MIRÓ before moving on.
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....then the R somewhat resembling a hand-written lower-case r. Though it looks like an n to the first-time viewer, it is intended to be seen more like the r in his signature than as an r in font......
More Works by Miró
One way to make sense of Miró's abstractions is to remember, as ever, that 'every painter paints himself.'
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