The Tilled Field
Joan Miró
The Tilled Field, 1923-1924
(La Terre labourée)
Oil on canvas. 66 x 92.7 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,
New York, 72.2020

The present exhibition offers a survey of Joan Miró’s career from 1918, the date of his first solo exhibition, to his last works. Its guiding thread is the idea of “Earth”, a term that should be understood in its widest sense. For Miró, “Earth” meant his native region of Catalunya, but the word also functioned for the artist as a key to certain ideas and values characteristic of rural culture such as fertility, sexuality, fable and excess. In addition, it is related to the quest for the ancestral and the primitive. In pictorial terms, the earthly can be seen as a mistrust of form and a tendency to experiment with material. These stylistic features, which the exhibition aims to highlight, allow us to see Miró as the great forerunner of Informalism and Abstract Expressionism, trends that prevailed in mid-20th-century art. They are represented in the work of artists of the generation following Miró’s, with whom he established a fruitful dialogue.

1 Mont-roig
2 Animated Transparencies
3 Landscapes of Origin
4 Polymorphisms
5 Plutonic Figures
6 The Return
7 Cycles

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