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Peinture (Étoile Bleue)
By Joan Miró
Oil on canvas
Size: 115.5 x 89 centimetres (45.625 x 35 inches)
Estimated price: £15-20 million
Price realised:  £23,561,250
(a record breaking price for the artist)

Following the recent, widely acclaimed exhibitions dedicated to Joan Miró in London, Barcelona and Washington, Sotheby’s announces the sale of a landmark work by the artist in its Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art.

Peinture (Étoile Bleue) was painted in 1927 and formerly belonged to André Lefevre, a leading collector and connoisseur of early 20th century art. This painting is among one of the most important works by Miró ever to come to the market.

Peinture (Étoile Bleue) is set upon a field of magnetically charged azure and belongs to the artist’s seminal ‘dream paintings’ cycle, characterised by a luscious blue palette which went on to influence artists such as Mark Rothko and Yves Klein. In the dream paintings cycle, Miró developed the symbolism that was to inform his work for the rest of his career.

The painting effortlessly bridges the transition between figurative and abstract and marks the key moment of the artist’s engagement with the Surrealist movement. Later in his life, Miró singled out Peinture (Étoile Bleue) as central to his oeuvre as a whole. Peinture (Étoile Bleue) is a work of incredible intensity and visual harmony and comes on to the market at a moment when demand for iconic works of this period is at an all-time high.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on June 10, 2012.