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Dutch Interior II

1928 by Joan Miró
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Catalan born Miró’s work is wonderfully fantastical, so aptly termed as surreal, and Dutch Interior II is no exception. The painting has a playfulness, a humour, a light-hearted atmosphere as both colour and composition fly about the canvas. Shape is soft with curved edges; colour flat, bright and uncomplicated by light, yet the figures seem alive – there is no lack of movement or depth as they dance across the picture. There is a feeling of elation as the figures are united in their dance, tied together with the sweeping scarf-like shapes that enclose them gleefully. The painting reminds me of Mother Goose’s nursery rhyme hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon… There is a moon, enclosed in a cello-like blue fiddle shape that the yellow goat might just have jumped over. It is unlikely that Miró knew of the rhyme, or bore it in mind when painting, but the feeling of both song and painting reflect one another, playful, whimsical and happily unreal.

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