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Woman in Front of the Sun

Joan Miró, Spanish, 1893 - 1983

Object Details
With Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York [1]; sold to Louis E. Stern, New York, April 13, 1948 [2]; bequest to PMA, 1963.1. The acquisition of the painting by the Matisse Gallery is not found in the stockbook of purchases 1932-1947 (Pierre Matisse Gallery Archives, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, Box 171, file 33); however, Matisse was Miró's exclusive American dealer from 1934, and therefore obtained most of his Mirós directly from the artist. According to the exhibition catalog "Pierre Matisse and His Artists" (Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 2002, p. 42), Matisse purchased Miró's entire output for the years 1942-1946, excepting only a few works that the artist kept for his own collection. An undated note in the curatorial file confirms this, stating, "Matisse Gallery says this came to them directly from the artist."2. Copy of dated receipt from Matisse Gallery to Stern in curatorial file.

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