Lunar Bird

Joan Miró
As part of the early 20th-century Surrealist art movement, Miró saw art as a way for the subconscious mind to express itself, resulting in biomorphic shapes and semiabstracted forms in his work. *Lunar Bird* resembles ancient votive sculptures with its moon-shaped face and arms reaching toward the sky. Despite the dark color and heavy material of the sculpture, there is a sense of lightness in the piece, created by the upward curves of the sculpture and the bright patina on the bronze.
Joan Miró, *Lunar Bird*, 1945; enlarged and cast 1966–67, bronze, H. 89 3/8 × 88 1/2 × 58 1/4 in., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC



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