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Joan Miro
La Caresse d'un Oiseau

Project Area: Bunker Hill
Project: Crocker Center 
Project Location: Wells Fargo Center, 333 S. Grand Avenue
Project Type: Developer


Greeting visitors in one of the lobby entrances of the Wells Fargo Center is a brightly painted abstract sculpture by Joan Miro, "La Caresse d'un Oiseau." This 11' h painted bronze sculpture appears to be comprised of roughly three sections of forms that suggest organic parts, such as a head, a torso, and a main trunk. However organic these biomorphic forms appear, they also suggest a strong geometrical sensibility, giving the sculpture a sense of constructedness.

La Caresse d'un Oiseau

Joan Miro

Joan Miro (1893-1983) a Catalan-Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramist, is arguably one of the most recognized artists from the 20th century. Miro studied art in the academy La Escuela de la Lonja in Barcelona and the private academy of Francese D’A. Galí Fabra. The year 1924 marked a turning point in the artist’s career when his paintings’ subjects evolved from observation and imitation of real life to abstract and organic forms. In the 1930s, Miro experimented with different mediums, creating assemblages with found objects. In 1947, during Miro’s first trip to the United States, he executed a mural, his first public artwork, for the Cincinnati Terrace Plaza Hilton Hotel. The artist created his first monumental sculptures, Sun bird and Moon Bird in 1966. Miro received several awards during his lifetime, the most significant being the Venice Biennale Printmaking Prize (1958), the Guggenheim International Award (1959), and the Gold Medal of Fine Arts from King Juan Carlos of Spain (1980). In 1992, Miro’s studio in Palma de Majorca was turned into a museum of his works.