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  • Title: Plaque
  • Creator: Miró, Joan
  • Date: 1956/1956
  • Technique/Material: Polychromed faience
  • Physical Dimensions: w18.6 x h32.2 cm (Without frame)
  • Exhibition: Caramulo, Portugal
  • Donated by:: Abel de Lacerda
  • Description: An artist with a fondness for Surrealism, whose manifesto he signed in 1924, Joan Miró invented his own peculiar pictorial calligraphy, totally removed from the physical world, in 1924-25: a universe of elegant signs on monochrome or lightly spotted backgrounds then began to appear in his painting, expressed through linear forms in wavy lines that seemed to float in a space filled with chromatic modulations, resulting in an innovative poetics, a kind of rediscovered, captivating, childlike innocence. Extending such a practice into ceramics, an activity to which he devoted himself with some continuity from 1945 onwards, Miró was commissioned in 1956 to produce two enormous ceramic panels for the new UNESCO building in Paris, for which he was awarded the Guggenheim prize in 1958. At the same time as he was involved in such projects, Miró also created numerous ceramic pieces in these years, such as the example presented here: in this plaque with its uniform background, it is the linear constructions that stand out, such as an anecdotal, anthropomorphised figure with an appearance similar to that of graffiti, or else a graphic star and a moon expressed through patches of colour, which engage in a close dialogue with other coloured patches. Miró’s peculiar pictorial system is thus transposed to ceramics, whose techniques suited him perfectly, insofar as the glazed enamels highlight the chromatic surfaces, giving them a greater shine and relief. RAS
  • Type: Faience
  • Rights: Museu do Caramulo

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