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Woman with Blond Armpit Combing Her Hair by the Light of the Stars (recto) Figure (verso)

Woman with Blond Armpit Combing Her Hair by the Light of the Stars (recto) Figure (verso)

1940

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Joan Miró

(Spanish, 1893-1983)

Watercolor and gouache over graphite

Sheet: 37.9 x 45.8 cm (14 15/16 x 18 1/16 in.)

Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art 1965.2

Catalogue raisonné: Dupin and Lelong-Mainaud 632

Fun Fact

This drawing was published in book alongside the other works from Joan Miro's "Constellations" series, accompanied by poems written by André Breton.

Description

This drawing belongs to a group of 23 works made by Joan Miro between January 1940 and September 1941, which he called "Constellations." All were made in Normandy, where the artist had retreated from the Spanish civil war. Miro juxtaposed blurry layers of watercolor in earthy tones with neatly linear lines in black ink and shapes in white gouache to develop his own language of symbols that suggested, in his words, "the night, music, and the stars." The fifth in the series, this drawing is dominated by a vague figural form at center, who draws a comb through her hair while holding a mirror through which shines the moon and a star. The allover abstract composition was a major influence on later artists, following a 1945 exhibition in New York.

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