Photo: This Is the Color of My Dreams

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

Date: 1925

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 38 x 51 in. (96.5 x 129.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002

Accession Number: 2002.456.5

Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


This work is part of a series created between 1924 and 1927 known as "peinture-poésie" (painting-poetry), which combines text with enigmatic symbols and reflects his interest in dreams and the subconscious. Only three elements float on the empty white canvas: the word "Photo," the patch of blue, and the phrase "ceci est la couleur de mes rêves" (this is the color of my dreams). The black letters sit on barely visible pencil lines that serve as guides for their size, as in a child’s writing primer.