Still Life with Old Shoe (Natura morta del sabatot) (1937) by Joan Miro

Still Life with Old Shoe (Natura morta del sabatot) - Joan Miro - 1937

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Old Shoe (Natura morta del sabatot)
ArtistJoan Miro
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions81.3 x 116.8 cm
Current LocationThe Museum of Modern Art, New York
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About Still Life with Old Shoe (Natura morta del sabatot)

Still Life with Old Shoe is a one-of-a-kind painting created by the Spanish Catalan artist Joan Miró in Paris during the Spanish Civil War period. The masterpiece reflects Miró’s agony and fear experienced during this period. It was completed in four months and has unique features that make it both a still life and a landscape piece of art.

This surrealistic paintwork features contrasting themes, where the background is warm-toned, reflecting light like a clear sky on a sunny day, while the foreground has darker colors blending into each other creating intricate and complex shapes that give abstract visual pleasure to admirers.

Miró was an iconic figure known for his Republican sympathies versus Franco’s regime during the aforementioned time of political unrest in Spain, making him stay put in France. Now part of Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection since James Thrall Soby gifted it to them in 1970 means “Still Life with Old Shoe” can be enjoyed by audiences around the world indefinitely.

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