Joan Miró’s Dutch Interior I is a surrealist oil on canvas painting, measuring 91.8 x 73 cm and located in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City. It was created in 1928, drawing inspiration from a postcard reproduction of Hendrick Martensz Sorgh’s 17th-century painting depicting a lute player in a domestic interior.
Miró visited Belgium and Holland in the spring of the same year that he made the artwork and was struck by the Dutch masters of the 17th-century. He retained his personal style while exhibiting with Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte in Paris, providing intensity to Sorgh’s original colors for Dutch Interior I.
The painting exhibits animalism and interior abstractionism as part of Miró’s surrealist style. This style forms an integral part of modern art history, but it stands alone as its own unique creation that showcases both observed existing beauty within older works and Miró’s unique artistic vision.
Overall, Dutch Interior I is an impressive display that highlights Miró’s strong impressionable sense during his travels within Europe as well as his individual artistic approach through exploration with various styles to continually develop new works filled with passion for artistry itself.