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Joan Miró

The Bird Nests in Bloom Fingers

Artist

Joan Miró
Barcelona 1893 – Palma de Mallorca 1983

Title

The Bird Nests in Bloom Fingers

Date

1969

Materials

Bronze, 2/2

Dimensions

79.2 x 45 x 25 cm

Founder

Parellada Foundry, Barcelona

Credits

Gift in memory of Charles Maldoff, from his wife, Betty, and children, Eric, Gerry and Barbara Maldoff, inv. 2016.217

Collection

Western Art

Among the most important artists of the twentieth century, Miró is perhaps best known for his painting and graphic work, but sculpture was an integral part of his practice. A rare bronze (one of an edition of 2), The Bird Nests in Bloom Fingers is emblematic of Miró’s broader sculptural practice in its unlikely combination of unrelated objects. Miró described his method as follows: “I just use things I find . . . . I place the objects around the floor, and choose this or that.” Another time, he added, “In this way, a piece of thread can create a world.” The result of this approach is a sculptural language that inhabits a space between reality and dream where, in the case of The Bird Nests in Bloom Fingers, a bird alights on fingers that spring forth from a hand waving us into the magical world of Miró’s imagination. A tree trunk becomes a torso and an abstract, rectangular shape becomes a smiling face, into the back of which is incised an asterisk that serves as an allusion to the cosmos. This sculpture in particular makes vivid Miró’s belief that “ . . . a tree is not a tree, not something that belongs to the realm of vegetation, but something human, someone living.”

© Successió Miró / SOCAN, Montréal / ADAGP, Paris (2019)

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