Joan MiróHead of a Catalan Peasant 1925

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Joan Miró (1893‑1983)
Head of a Catalan Peasant
Tête de paysan Catalan
Date 1925
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 920 x 732 x 26 mm frame: 1187 x 999 x 91 mm
Acquisition Purchased jointly with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art with assistance from the Art Fund, the Friends of the Tate Gallery and the Knapping Fund 1999
Not on display


Head of a Catalan Peasant is one of Joan Miró's most important works of the mid-1920s. It fuses the explicitly Catalan imagery, which had characterised much of his work between 1923-4, with the 'automatic' style he had developed in Paris, under the influence of the Surrealist group.

Miró began the work by painting his canvas with a white ground. He then applied a very thin, almost translucent wash of blue oil paint mixed with turpentine. This created an airy space which contrasts with the graphic quality of the semi-figurative imagery. The composition was long believed to have been drawn in a dreamlike state, as if spontaneously from Miró's unconscious… (read more)

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