Nude with a Mirror (1919) by Joan Miro

Nude with a Mirror - Joan Miro - 1919

Artwork Information

TitleNude with a Mirror
ArtistJoan Miro
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions112 x 102 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Nude with a Mirror

The artwork “Nude with a Mirror” by Joan MirĂ³ was created in 1919. It is an oil on canvas painting that measures 112 by 102 cm. Embracing the Cubist art movement, this work falls under the nude painting genre. The artwork is not publicly accessible, as it is held within a private collection.

In the artwork, a nude female figure is depicted seated against a backdrop comprising of warm-hued planes, notably dominated by a stark red partition. She is grasping a mirror in her right hand, which she appears to be looking into, though her gaze seems to be directed away from her reflection, giving a contemplative expression. The figure’s form is stylized with the simplification characteristic of Cubist influence, using geometric shapes and a restrained palette to construct the body and the surrounding features.

Her anatomy is rendered with a linear precision, yet there is a notable abstraction in the portrayal, keeping with the aspects of Cubism that break away from traditional representational art. Noteworthy are the intricate patterns on the cushion upon which she sits and the floor beneath her, which contrast with the otherwise smooth texturality of the composition. The striped patterning adds a layer of depth and cultural context, possibly alluding to a particular heritage or influence.

MirĂ³’s treatment of the subject balances on a fine line of abstraction and representation, melding the human figure with a simplified, almost graphic quality that allows for an interpretation beyond purely visual representation and plays on the ambiguity of the figure’s engagement with her own reflection.

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