Artist: Joan Miró (Spanish, Barcelona 1893–1983 Palma de Mallorca)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 51 1/8 x 38 1/8 in. (129.9 x 96.8 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995
Accession Number: 1996.403.8
Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
In 1928 Miró painted a series of three paintings inspired by postcards of seventeenth-century Dutch genre scenes that he collected during a two-week trip to Holland. In this painting, he discarded the heightened naturalism and precision of these models in favor of dreamlike distortion. He used artistic shorthand to render the central figure-an archer-yet one can easily detect the arrows and avian targets.