In Spanish, a "Maja" is a flashy young woman who is a flirt.
This enormous etching by Modern master Joan Miró certainly has flair- measuring over four feet in length. The arcs are reminiscent of Miro’s famous Moon Bird Sculpture that sits in the the garden of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Spotlight: Joan Miro
“I make no distinction between poetry and painting.” -Joan Miro
In 1893, Joan Miró was born in Barcelona. As the son of a goldsmith, Miró did not grow up in an art-oriented family, but in a business-oriented one. His father was well aware of his own success and expected the same for his son.
Nevertheless, Miró showed early signs of artistic genius. His first known drawings date back to 1901, and when he was only eight years old, he could already create works of strict Realism.
Spanish artist Joan Miró's powerful 1969 work, Le Matador.
30 years after his death, Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893–1983) continues to be one of the most notable Modern artists of the last century. In 2012, the artist shattered multiple auction records; he is currently ranked number 16 on the all-time top selling artists list.
Find out everything you need to know about the market for Miró on TEFAF Masstricht’s Artist Watch.
Picasso, Monet, and Miró
A 1932 Picasso painting of his lover Marie-Therese Walter, Femme Assise Pres d’une Fenetre, was the centerpiece of the auction, selling for 28.6 million pounds (US$44.8 million).
A Rare Miró
Lithographie pour le Centenaire de l’Imprimerie Mourlot, a rare and colorful example of Joan Miro's work, was published by Mourlot, Paris. The piece is extremely scarce; only three impressions have been found at auction in the past decade. This work is now live for bidding on artnet Auctions.
Fine Modern Art
Flip through our album to preview some of the 30 fantastic 20th-century works by luminaries such as Avery, Miró, Calder, Chagall, and Picasso, now live on artnet Auctions.
Browse the entire selection of our Fine Modern Art sale.
Visualizing Joan Miro’s Market
Yesterday, Sotheby’s London sold Joan Miro’s 1927 Peinture (Etoile Bleue) for US$37 million, setting a new auction record for the Spanish painter!
Check out artnet Index Graph to see Miró’s market developments from 2002 to 2011. So far in 2012, Joan Miró sold almost US$70 million at auction, exceeding all previous annual sales totals with the exception of 2007!
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Miró Sets Records In London
Joan Miro's 1927 work Peinture (Etoile Bleue) sold for US$37 million at Sotheby’s London (estimated at US$23–31 million), setting a new auction record for the Spanish painter. The work was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder, who beat three rivals for it at the sale.
View the auction results for Sotheby’s London Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale.
Impressionist and Modern Art Sale at Sotheby’s London
Happening this week: Sotheby’s important Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Evening Sales.
Miró at the National Gallery
A major new exhibition of well over 100 works spanning Joan Miró's prolific career, The Ladder of Escape, opens today at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.
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