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

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


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Joan Miró

(Spanish, 1893-1983)

Watercolor and gouache over graphite

Support: White wove paper

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.a



Miró was a preeminent figure in the history of abstraction. This watercolor is characteristic of his 1930s and 1940s compositions populated by fantastic shapes suggesting living organisms. Between January 1940 and September 1941, Miró made a series of 23 works in gouache (opaque watercolor) now known as the Constellation series. These drawings are universally lauded as one of his greatest achievements. The artist completed them in several locations, from Varengeville, France, to Majorca and Montroig in southern Spain. The works represented his conscious withdrawal into himself in light of civil war in Spain and the Nazi threat in Europe.

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