Femme et oiseau is the second in a series of ten paintings produced by the Spanish Surrealist Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 – Palma de Mallorca, 1983) between April and June 1960. This is a recurrent and emblematic theme in the artist’s fantastical repertoire. Calligraphic strokes contrast with forms of pure
colour and the coarse jute. The bird is related to mythic flight, the dimension of magic and mystery, and woman to the earth, origins and desire. Woman and bird meld together to create a union of land and sky, the finite and the infinite, thus establishing universal harmony. The artist’s support is jute, displayed in all its naked, organic physicality, marked with streaks of colour and letters printed with commercial stamps.