Saturday in the Museum with Joan

Image: Vol d’ocell al clar de lluna by Joan Miró (1967)

Yesterday on Instagram we posted a picture of the olive oil dish at Jaleo, noting that it brought to mind a Joan Miró painting.  So on our weekend detour from posting about food to posting about art, we found a picture that explains the reference.  This painting, translated as Bird’s flight in moonlight, was produced late in Miró’s career.  As with many artists, his late paintings take on a purer, essential quality.

Miró once said, “The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me. I’m overwhelmed when I see, in an immense sky, the crescent of the moon, or the sun. There, in my pictures, tiny forms in huge empty spaces. Empty spaces, empty horizons, empty plains – everything which is bare has always greatly impressed me.”

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