Catalan Landscape (The Hunter) (1923-24) by Joan Miro

Catalan Landscape (The Hunter) - Joan Miro - 1923 - 1924

Artwork Information

TitleCatalan Landscape (The Hunter)
ArtistJoan Miro
Date1923 - 1924
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions64.8 x 100.3 cm
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US

About Catalan Landscape (The Hunter)

The artwork “Catalan Landscape (The Hunter)” was created by Joan Miró between 1923 and 1924. This oil on canvas piece is emblematic of the Surrealism movement and measures 64.8 x 100.3 cm. It is categorized as a landscape genre and is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) located in New York City, NY, US.

“Catalan Landscape (The Hunter)” portrays a fantastical and dream-like scenario that is rich with abstracted forms and symbolic elements. The predominant ochres and warm earth tones suggest a connection to the land and nature, while the painter’s use of primary colors for certain features adds vibrancy to the composition. The scene contains a variety of shapes and figures, which may appear whimsical or enigmatic, evoking a sense of mystery.

The painting integrates a series of cryptic signs, geometric shapes, and organic forms that defy conventional representation, inviting viewers to interpret them freely. The use of line is particularly important; it connects different elements and guides the viewer’s gaze across the canvas. Scribbled and calligraphic marks contribute to the sense that the artwork is a language to be deciphered.

Amid these elements, one can barely discern the figure of a hunter, indicated by the presence of a rifle—a line with a forked end, and a small, stylized animal figure that the hunter appears to pursue. The choice of elements and their placement reflects Miró’s interest in the unconscious mind, dreams, and the Catalan landscape, all while eschewing a direct narrative or representation.

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