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The Birth of the World

Miró painted this towering canvas in summer or fall of 1925 at his family’s farm in Montroig, a small village nestled between the mountains and coast of his native Catalonia. He was buoyed by the success of his recent exhibition in Paris, where he had been feted by many of the young poets and painters associated with the Surrealist movement. Their signatures emblazoned his exhibition’s invitation, claiming Miró as one of their own. The question after he returned to Spain was what he would do next. The Birth of the World is one of his answers.

With this work, Miró went, to quote a favorite Surrealist dictum, “beyond painting,” with “painting” understood to be his own past work and Western artis...

Montroig, late summer-fall 1925
Oil on canvas
250.8 x 200.0cm
Image © 2019 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Text © MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York

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The Museum of Modern Art
Permanent collection