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Dog Barking at the Moon
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Dog Barking at the Moon

Joan Miró, Spanish, 1893 - 1983

Made in Montroig, Tarragona, Spain, Europe


Oil on canvas

28 3/4 x 36 1/4 inches (73 x 92.1 cm) Framed: 34 1/2 x 42 1/8 x 2 3/4 inches (87.6 x 107 x 7 cm)

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 269, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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Created shortly after Miró first included words in his art, this painting's subject originated in a sketch by the artist depicting a Catalan folk tale. The sketch (complete with cartoon word-balloons) shows a dog yelping "bow wow" at the moon, while the moon looks down without pity, saying, "You know, I don't give a damn."

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