Dog Barking at the Moon (Gos bordant a la lluna) (1926) by Joan Miro

Dog Barking at the Moon (Gos bordant a la lluna) - Joan Miro - 1926

Artwork Information

TitleDog Barking at the Moon (Gos bordant a la lluna)
ArtistJoan Miro
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions73 x 92 cm
Current LocationPhiladelphia Museum of Art
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About Dog Barking at the Moon (Gos bordant a la lluna)

Joan Miró was a Spanish painter who created the artwork Dog Barking at the Moon in 1926 in Mont-roig del Camp, Catalonia. The painting is based on a Catalan folk tale of a dog yelping at the moon. In it, Miró features a distorted dog in bright colors barking at the moon against a spare landscape, rendering figures of animals and humans as indeterminate forms. His use of playful colors depicting the distorted figure of the dog against a sparse landscape produces a sense of mystery and loneliness.

The painting portrays both Surrealistic and humorously cartoonish elements that are characteristic in Joan Miró’s style. He presents his memories of his native Catalan landscape through one of his most famous pieces, Dog Barking at the Moon (Gos Bordant A La Lluna). With this piece, he captures an essential moment from Catalan culture and integrates it into his artwork by distorting shapes to express greater emotion gradually.

Miró was obsessed with detail, which pushed him to develop distinctive styles that made him famous as an avant-garde artist during his life span. He employed different techniques to evoke emotions such as solitude or mystery subtly. Today you can find Miro’s works displayed globally in prominent institutions because there is little doubt over how significant he remains to modern art history.

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