From our upcoming exhibition, 20th Century Masters: Recent Acquisitions
July 21 – August 15, 2012
Joan Miró (1893-1983)
Aidez l’Espagne (Aid Spain), 1937
This print was created for the art review Cahiers d’Art, in one of several issues dedicated to opposing the rise of Fascism in the face of impending civil war in Spain. Miró’s caption, handwritten in the plate, reads “In the present conflict I see the decrepit forces of the fascists, and on the other side the people, whose vast creative resources will give Spain a strength that will astonish the world.” The vibrant pochoir (stencil color) print is a call for the Republican government, a far more hopeful piece than most of his works relating to the war. Miró, while not a particularly political artist, was passionate in his support of Republican Spain and his native Catalunya.