Nocturne (1940) by Joan Miro

Nocturne - Joan Miro - 1940

Artwork Information

ArtistJoan Miro
MediumTempera, gouache, egg, oil, and pastel on paper
Dimensions38 x 46 cm
Current LocationPrivate collection

About Nocturne

The painting “Nocturne” by Joan Miró, created in 1940, is a complex composition using a mix of mediums—tempera, gouache, egg, oil, and pastel on paper. It measures 38 x 46 cm and is part of a private collection. This piece is a characteristic example of Miró’s mature style, where he blends abstract elements with suggestive figurative forms.

In “Nocturne”, Miró presents a dream-like tapestry filled with whimsical and fantastical creatures that seem to float against a starry background, evocative of a night scene. The artwork is a riot of shapes and symbols, with vibrant splashes of color – reds, blues, and yellows – that stand out against the muted background. The scene appears to be in constant motion, with figures that could be interpreted as stars, eyes, or celestial beings, perhaps hinting at the mysteries of the night and the subconscious mind. Miró’s use of line is both fluid and deliberate, guiding the viewer’s eye through the chaos to discover the harmony within. The title, “Nocturne,” suggests a musical quality, much like a night-time composition, which is fitting for the lyrical and rhythmic qualities evident in the work’s composition.

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