Label Text: Joan Miró strips this print of color, emphasizing the playful quality of line identifiable throughout his work. The imagery is certainly abstract, yet the calligraphic marks in the foreground dare to be read as imagined Chinese characters or impish figures. A cluster of circular forms in the background are distinguished not by color but by their regular shape and soft-edged texture.
Miró is associated with Surrealism, a revolutionary European art movement that influenced American Abstract Expressionists. Both movements broke with pictorial traditions in search of more direct ways to present emotional truths. Surrealists’ dream-like imagery stripped objects of conventional meaning, which opened the door to increasingly abstract forms.