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Joan Miro

P. N. Matisse

A brief but significantly fine selection of gouaches and drawings by the Spanish Surrealist defy commentary both because of the extensive writings on him and the assertive mastery of most of the works.

The sheets touch major periods between 1934–1960. Characteristic wise-child forms and ominous humor are already reflected in Sandpaper Collage (1934) which shows vestigial interest in Analytic Cubism, while Graphism-Poeme (1953) manifests a wildness that may represent an exchange of influence between him and the art brut of Jean Dubuffet.

Four small pen drawings look like those master scribbles saved because a famous name happened to be asleep behind the pen when they got drawn. Aside from them the quality of the sheets is top-grade.

William Wilson

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