The Spanish Playing Cards
On View In:
Gallery 367
Artist:   Joan Miró  
Title:   The Spanish Playing Cards  
Date:   1920  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   25 x 27 3/8 in. (63.5 x 69.5 cm) (sight) 35 7/8 x 38 1/4 x 3 in. (91.12 x 97.16 x 7.62 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Cowles  
Location:   Gallery 367  

Joan Miró's first encounter with the Cubist works of Picasso and Braque in 1919 inspired a group of still lifes - including Spanish Playing Cards - that he executed in 1920. Here, the stylized realism of Miró's previous work combined with the geometric faceting of synthetic Cubism. The densely painted objects retain their identity, but the surrounding space is fractured into patterned lines and angles. Miró continued working in this manner until 1924, when he joined the Surrealist movement.

Name:   Miró, Joan  
Nationality:   Spanish  
Life Dates:   Spanish, 1893 - 1983  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature and Date LL in black: [Miró/1920]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Still life. Cubist.  
Creation Place:   Europe, Spain, , ,  
Accession #:   62.73.2  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts