Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893–1983)
Oil on canvas
51 1/8 x 38 1/8 in. (129.9 x 96.8 cm)
Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.8)
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Miró became fascinated with Dutch genre and still-life painting during a stay in the Netherlands in May 1928. After visits to the collections of the Mauritshuis and the Rijksmuseum, he kept postcards of works by Hendrick Sorgh and Jan Steen. In Spain that same summer, he emulated elements of these artists' works in a series of three Dutch interiors, rendered in his characteristic biomorphic style of Surrealism. While the first two in the series can be traced to specific paintings by Sorgh and Steen, respectively, this third one mingles various motifs from both artists.