.Miró - from 1970 to 1980

Miró's work is so vast that I am presenting it in several articles. Here I propose, chronologically, my favourites among his creations between 1970 and 1980.  


All of Miró's exaltation and ardour are to be found in this painting "Mai 68", which he did not consider completed until five years later, in 1973. 

"Sobreteixim 13", de 1973. 
This work should not be seen as a Miró, but as a contemporary creation, yet it is almost 50 years old. It could be seen at the FIAC under the signature of an ultra trendy artist.

A detail of a huge painting by Miró : "Personnages et oiseaux dans la nuit" de 1974. Crazy, Miró was 81 years old when he painted this 6m40 long canvas! 

"L'espoir du condamné à mort" de 1974. En 1974, le régime franquiste exécute l'étudiant anarchiste catalan Salvador Puig Antich. 
"Il y a des années, sur une grande toile, j'avais peint un trait, un petit trait blanc, sur un autre, un trait bleu. Et puis un jour, c'est venu… au moment où on a garrotté ce pauvre garçon Puig Antich. Je sentais que c'était ça. J'ai terminé cette toile le jour ou il a été tué. Sans savoir. Il est étonnant et pourtant significatif, que j'ai terminé ce tableau le jour même où ce pauvre garçon, Salvador Puig Antich, a été exécuté au moyen du lacet étrangleur. […] une ligne noire sur fond blanchâtre, une ligne noire comme un fil que quelqu'un coupe car il a la force mais aucune pitié."

Translation : 
"The hope of the condemned to death" from 1974. In 1974, the Franco regime executed the Catalan anarchist student Salvador Puig Antich. 
"Years ago, on a large canvas, I had painted a line, a small white line, on another, a blue line. And then one day it came... at the moment when they garroted that poor boy Puig Antich. I felt that this was it. I finished this painting the day he was killed. Without knowing. It is surprising and yet significant that I finished this painting on the same day that this poor boy, Salvador Puig Antich, was executed by means of the strangling lace. [...] a black line on a whitish background, a black line like a thread that someone cuts because he has strength but no mercy."

"Le Permissionnaire", 1974. 

"Francesc d'Assís", 1975.  Oh yeah, that's talent…

For me, the most beautiful book! 
A page of "Adonides" texts by Jacques Prévert, engravings by Joan Miró, published by Aimé Maeght in 1975. A technical madness that required more than 10 years of design and production to publish the 200 copies. Here, the creations of Prévert and Miró intertwine, intertwining to reach perfection. 

"Barbare dans la neige", 1976.

A real gem, this painting by Joan Miró : "Femme dans un paysage", from 1977. The strength does not come from the size because the canvas is only 27 x 22 cm. It makes me think of a sentence by Henri Matisse from 1936: "One should be able to render the impression of greatness even on a very small canvas, since through our tiny pupil we see objects life-size."

Tribut to Gaudi en 1979. 

At a glance you can tell if my grandfather was present during a photo taken at the Maeght Foundation. One of his dogs is often in the angle of view, he never left his dogs. Here Miró in his 1980 exhibition. Photo by Marc Riboud.

The book La Saga Maeght by Yoyo Maeght, with dedication. Link here