In the mid 1920’s, Juan Miro began a series of works known as his “dream paintings,” which are generally considered to be his most pioneering and important. Of these, “Peinture (Etoile Blue)” or Blue Star, is a key example. Painted in 1927, at the height of surrealism, it’s been exhibited at Paris’ Musee de l’Art Moderne and Zurich’s Kunsthaus. When it comes up for auction at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art sale in London later this week, it’s expected to sell for $23.5m-$31.3m.
Update: The Miro sold for $36.9m, a new auction record for the artist.Another featured lot in the June 20th sale, which includes works by Monet, Pissarro, Munch and Bonnard, is Picasso’s “Homme Assis,” a painting executed in a single day in 1972. Representative of the painter’s prolific “mature” period in the year before his death, it carries an estimate of $9.4-$14.1m.