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Painting (Fratellini)

Joan Miró, Spanish, 1893 - 1983

Made in Paris, France, Europe


Oil and aqueous medium on canvas

51 1/4 x 38 1/4 inches (130.2 x 97.2 cm) Framed: 53 3/4 x 41 x 2 3/8 inches (136.5 x 104.1 x 6 cm)

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 181, Modern and Contemporary Art, first floor

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Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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Painting (Fratellini) is Miró’s witty homage to the comic, grotesque performances of the Fratellini brothers, acrobatic clowns who performed at the Cirque Médrano in Paris in the 1920s to great acclaim. This painting, in which amorphous, semi-figurative shapes float in a pool of brilliant blue, exemplifies Miró’s striking use of color.

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