Description & Technical information

Since the 1930s, Joan Miro has uses this spontaneous sign of the three strands to represent the hair on the head of his characters. Our work belongs to a series of five paintings of the same size (27 x 19 cm) produced from July 22nd to 26th 1976 in which he applied the theme of
the "woman with three hairs" in different manners. This series of small formats reveals the artist's imagination, almost childlike, but inexhaustible who uses the same repertoire of shapes and symbols pushing them to their paroxysm. The cheerful aspect, practically naive of
Miro's art is deliberate. The carelessness of this painting recalls the silent humor often present in Miro's work.

In the beginning of the1970s, black color invades Miro's paintings and shapes the drawing. The brushstrokes are visible, creating a subtle dynamism in the dark hair.

In this composition, Miro plays on contrasts. He opposed the black hair to the white of the background and face. Likewise, the thickness of the  hair is counterbalanced by the delicacy of the three strands. Inside the painting, opacity contrasts with transparency, stability and lightness.
The three hair are enhanced with blue, adding a punctual touch of color which become essential to the composition.

With a limited palette and a few means, Miro manages to create an energic image where the  primary emotions dominate and for which the attraction is instant.

Master of the art of the 20th century and devoted historic figure during his lifetime, Joan Miro had an established reputation in 1976. The very same year, the Joan Miro Foundation was inaugurated in Barcelona.



Date:  26 juillet 1976
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed lower right: Miró. Countersigned, titled and dated on the back.


Certificate of authenticity issued by the ADOM (Association for the Preservation of Miró's work) dated February 1st 2017.

Dimensions: 27 x 19 cm (10⁵/₈ x 7¹/₂ inches)
Provenance: Private collection, Spain

Literature: Jacques Dupin, Ariane Lelong-Mainaud: Joan Miró, Catalogue Raisonné,
Paintings, Tome VI: 1976-1981, Paris 2004, Daniel Lelong - Sucessío Miró
Editions, illustrated under the n° 1809, p.84.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints