This is one of the first great masterpieces of MirÃ³'s early maturity.
MaternitÃ© (Maternity) by Joan Miró, 1924
Â© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London
- 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.