Los Angeles

“Two Sketchbooks of Joan Miró”

Paul Kantor Gallery

The first group of sketches is comprised of a series of cubist-inspired works dating from 1915 to 1917, a period when Miró belonged to the Sant-Lluck Circle in Barcelona. These drawings are lusty, subtly mod­eled and highly formalized. They rep­resent the work of a man searching for form, order, and a relationship with the external world. The torsos are mobile, solid, angular. They reflect an academic attitude in their logic of con­struction. The Old Man is a Poussin­esque Neptune whose limbs are pic­torially dissected in a manner not un­like the way Cézanne might have drawn after the old master. Man with Mous­tache is a kind of Spanish Pere Tan­guy, rendered at a time when Miró was admittedly under the strong influence of Van Gogh (as well as the Fauves).

In 1919, Miró left Spain for Paris, thereafter dividing his time between Barcelona and France. He was in touch with the Picasso circle

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