“Night Watchman” or, “Veillues de Nuit,”
48” x 34”
Joan Miró was born in Spain in 1893 to a family of craftsmen. Perhaps in keeping with his family’s artistic trade, Joan exhibited a strong love of drawing at an early age. He pursued art-making and studied landscape and decorative art at the School of Industrial and Fine Arts (the Llotja) in Barcelona.
In 1919 Joan made his first trip to Paris, and thereafter he spent the winters in Paris and the summers in Montroig, Spain. He met members of the Dada group, an artistic and literary movement which sought to expand the boundaries of conventional art. His first one-man show in Paris was held in 1921 and his paintings of this period reflect cubist influences. His work began to achieve great power through increased simplicity, intensified color, and abstraction.
Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Joan expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and declared an “assassination of painting” in favor of upsetting the visual elements of established painting
“In a picture, it should be possible to discover new things every time you see it. But you can look at a picture for a week together and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.” -Joan Miró
Joan Miró’s piece “Night Watchman” or, “Veillues de Nuit,” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15. “Night Watchman” is a lithograph produced in 1971 and is #19/30 prints. It is signed and numbered in the lower right corner. Condition is excellent. See more of his artwork at https://www.moma.org/artists/4016.
This piece is generously donated by Dr. Bob L. Brandt Jr., MD.