Joán Miró

Le Styx

Le Styx by Joán Miró

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Miró's work became characterised by space populated by fantastic shapes suggestive of living organisms. In Le Styx he makes reference to the river in the classical Underworld over which the souls of the dead are traditionally ferried by Charon. Both Miró and Léonor Fini drew on images of the primeval swamp rather than a river, which also serves as a metaphor for the subconscious mind, from which uncontrolled and often inexplicable images rise fetidly to the surface of our awareness.

Title
Le Styx
Artist/creator
Production date
1958
Medium
etching and aquatint
Dimensions
175 x 235 mm
Inscription
signed in pencil and numbered 75/75
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1976
Accession no
1976/39
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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