The Surrealist Movement was founded in Francein 1924 with the publication of the Manifeste du Surréalisme by André Breton, its founder and chief spokesman. He stated that the central idea was, “to resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality into an absolute reality, a super-reality.” Major artists associated with the Surrealist Movement include Francis Picabia, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Arp, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Paul Delvaux and René Magritte and Salvador Dalí.
This painting, Painting-Poem, or, Le corps de ma brune puisque je l’aime comme ma chatte habillée en vert salade comme de la grêle c’est pareil, by Joan Miró (1893-1983) was executed in 1925. It is part abstract void, part lyrical free-form painting and part hand-written stream-of-consciousness poetry. Le corps de ma brune… is one of the finest and best-known of an extraordinary group of paintings made by the artist in 1925, in which he successfully pushed beyond the conventional boundaries of painting and the picture-plane to create a radical new mental space; fusing word image and painterly form into a new free-form of expression, conveying a hallucinatory or dream-like state of consciousness.
Painting-Poem, or Le corps de ma brune puisque je l’aime comme ma chatte habillée en vert salade comme de la grêle c’est pareil (1925)
By Joan Miró (1893-1983)
Oil on Canvas
Signed and dated ‘Miró.1925.’ on the lower right
Size: 130.2 x 96.5 centimetres (51 1/4 x 38 inches)
Estimated price: £6-9 million