M I R Ó
THEIR UNIVERSE AROUND THE WOMANHOOD
D A L Í
“In the first stage of manhood, the woman is the shock, the fascination. Afterwards, she is the balance. The woman is very balanced… the woman is a splendid animal.”
For Salvador Dalí, the universe called woman of Joan Miró was limited just to one woman, Gala —his muse, his universe, his better half.
“I also name Gala Noisette Poilue-“Downy Hazelnut” (because of the very fine hair that covers the hazel of her cheeks); and also ‘skin bell’ (because she reads to me aloud during the long sessions of my painting, producing a murmur like a skin bell, through which I learn all that, without her, I would never know).”
The fascination for women of Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí was also shared with many other artists who also took the female figure as their most influential element along their artistic career. In the history of art, women have often been a pivotal element through which the artists have criticised their period, analysed their reality and experimented with the changes and the most important thing, with the creation of art.
For the upcoming Art-Montecarlo 2016, we would like to show how two of the greatest artists of the world took womankind as inspiration to create many of their main artworks. It would be an opportunity to see how they represented female figure with their particular and especial creativity, as well as to confirm that the womanhood was one of the most important elements on their minds.
In September 1927 Miró visited Dalí in Figueres, and they became truly impressed by each other. Dalí wrote to his poet friend García Lorca: « […] I don’t know if I told you that I’m now in touch with Miró and that he came to Figueres and will soon return to Cadaqués to see my latest things; he’s a creature of enormous purity, with a big heart. […]»
Dalí went to Paris in 1929, and through the mediation of Miró he entered into contact with André Breton and the other surrealists. In the Surrealist canon, the female figure is the supreme symbol of all that is erotic and, above all, creative. Miró and Dalí had already taken this premise and kept it over time.
The works that we have selected for the occasion show perfectly the variety of representations that Miró and Dalí made of the female figure. Surrealist, feminine, dreamed, exuberant, imaginary but always personal and well-conceived. From the 30s to their late works of the 70s and- 80s, the selection will also represent a short but very special journey through their magnificent way of creating art.