Dutch Interior (III)

Artist: Joan Miró (Spanish, Barcelona 1893–1983 Palma de Mallorca)

Date: 1928

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 51 1/8 × 38 1/8 in. (129.9 × 96.8 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995

Accession Number: 1996.403.8

Rights and Reproduction: © 2018 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.