Dawn Perfumed By A Shower Of Gold is a plaster and watercolor composition board created by Joan Miro in 1954 that measures 42 1/2 in. x 21 3/8 in. This artwork is part of the SFMOMA collection since 1964, and it showcases Miró’s symbolic language as well as his use of abstract art with Surrealist fantasy.
Born in Spain in 1893 to a family of craftsmen, Miro wanted his art to express the unity of the finite and the infinite. His work has been often referred to as whimsical and childlike because he combined Stone Age art with abstract shapes, bold lines, and vibrant colors. In his later years, Miro would create a certain pointillism effect using small sticks or fingertips.
The symbolic elements used within “Dawn Perfumed By A Shower Of Gold” are essential to understand its meaning fully. The composition features bold black lines that intersect at various angles while blue, green, yellow and red colors swathe it entirely. Additionally, there are nondescript shapes spread throughout the piece that appear almost like letters or symbols creating an intricate design akin to ancient cave drawings.