Maternité (Maternity) by Joan Miró

This is one of the first great masterpieces of Miró's early maturity.


Oil on canvas
92.1 x 73.1 cm
Art Fund grant:
£100,000 ( Total: £1,750,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Mayor Gallery

The work depicts an ideogram of a woman suspended in a void - in short, maternity at its most universal. She wears a flared, black skirt perforated by a hole, a reference to her procreative powers. To either side are her breasts, each of them with one of her offspring. Swimming across the picture is a sperm-like shape - the only other thing that is needed in this witty exploration of the realm of human reproduction.


Jacques Viot; Rene Gaffe; Roland Penrose; Lee Miller; Antony Penrose.

Venue details

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 73/75 Belford Road, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH4 3DR 0131 624 6200

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