An unpublished painting by Joan Miró, titled “The morning bird” and painted in 1939, was auctioned this Wednesday in Paris for 2.83 million euros, exceeding expectations, announced the Sotheby’s auction house.
The work by the Spaniard Miró, a composition populated by dreamlike creatures and dynamic figures on a brightly colored background, exceeded the estimated maximum range, calculated at 2 million euros, reported the Efe agency.
For Sotheby’s, the work of the Catalan artist is a precursor to the cosmic mythology of the series of Constellations that the painter created in 1940-41.
The auction house also sold on the same day a work by Picasso, “Still life with a coffee pot”, which sold for 1.43 million euros, also above the highest estimates (1.2 million euros).
Picasso’s still life is an oil painting that the Spaniard made during the Nazi occupation in his workshop in the Grands Augustins, in the French capital, where he continued to work despite the advice of some friends to leave the city.
According to Sotheby’s, this type of still life allowed the Malaga-based artist to “escape from the devastating reality of war, steeped, however, in a complex symbolism that mixes hope and despair”.
Both works were part of the collection of a couple of Parisian art lovers for more than 60 years, who accumulated avant-garde works from the 1930s and 1940s.