Joan Miró, "Constellation: Awakening in the Early Morning," 1941; © Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris; Kimbell Art Museum.
Awakening in the Early Morning (Awakening at Dawn) is one of the 23 works in Miró's Constellation series. The reproduction below clearly has made extensive changes, and the photo itself seems to have amplified the granularity of the surface texture. According to the Kimbell Art Museum, Miró wrote that the series was "one of the most important things I have done, and even though the formats are small, they give the impression of large frescoes." The museum goes on to add:
By July 1940 Miró and his family had fled Nazi-occupied France. [...] The Constellation series was smuggled to New York, where part of it was exhibited at the Pierre Matisse Gallery in January, 1945. Symbolic of the survival of great art in the face of the ongoing war, these small works had important implications for American painters such as Jackson Pollock as they created abstract compositions permeated with free-floating lines and forms.
Altered version of a painting by Joan Miro.
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