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Peinture [Painting]
© Succession Miro/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

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Peinture [Painting] 1925

Not on display

From 1925 to 1927, Miró produced a series of 'automatic paintings.' Greatly celebrated by the Surrealists, the paintings were inspired by images from Miró's unconscious. These pictures featured forms that had been reduced to lines and suspended in empty space, as if floating in front of the background. Legend has it that the artist would sometimes paint in a state of hallucination owing to extreme hunger, staring at a blank surface until images began to suggest themselves. However, many of the 'automatic paintings' had preliminary sketches and are not as random as they may at first seem.

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A painting or drawing process that aims to suppress rational thought, allowing the subconscious to take control. This spontaneous approach is associated with Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.


A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Automatism, Surrealism


  • Acc. No. GMA 2078
  • Medium Oil and black chalk on canvas
  • Size 140.00 x 113.50 cm (framed: 170.00 x 138.20 x 8.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1979