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Le Lever du Jour (Sunrise)(1,044 views)
Description: Original gouache, watercolor and charcoal on paper executed on November 2, 1937. The work is signed "Miro", lower right and signed again, titled and dated, "MIRO. 2/11/37. Very minor time staining and soft creasing along edge. Paper embossed on bottom "Qualite "Atelier" T.L. & Co. Paris.
Condition Report: In Excellent Condition
Notes: While living in Paris after 1919, Miro came under the influence of the Surrealists. Destitute, starved of food and outside sources of entertainment, Miro was plunged into the world of his own subconscious. Le Lever du Jour is typical of Miro's minimalist use of space. It includes flat biomorphic shaped birds, moving in a seemingly gravity-less environment to welcome the dawn of a new day. Curved lines appear and guide the viewer through the composition. Soft washes of color support Miro's emblematic creatures combining the mystical with the primitive and childlike.
Provenance: Private Collection; Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York; Acquavella Galleries, New York; Seibu Collection, Tokyo; Galerie Lelong, Paris; Private Collection
Dimensions: 29.5 x 41.75 inches
Artist or Maker: Miro, Joan
Literature: This work is included in the catalogue raisonné of works on paper volume I number 777, page 368.
Medium: Gouache, watercolor and charcoal on paper