Aidez L'Espagne [Help Spain] (1937)
About this artwork
Miró was not a deeply political artist but he made a number of politically engaged works in response to the Spanish Civil War. In 1937 he was asked to design a one franc stamp to be sold for the benefit of the Republican Government in Spain. His design featured a Catalan peasant who raises a clenched fist in a Loyalist salute. He is predominantly yellow and red, in reference to the Spanish and Catalan flags. However, although the stamp was never issued, Miró subsequently made a stencil print of the design. It was printed in two editions, one of which included an inscription stating: “In this present battle I see on the fascist side just the outdated forces, and on the other side, the people whose immense creative resources which will give Spain a power which will astonish the whole world”.
- title: Aidez L'Espagne [Help Spain]
- accession number: GMA 4476
- artist: Joan MiroSpanish (1893 - 1983)
- gallery: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art One(Print Room)
- object type: Work on paper
- subject: Politics and government
- materials: Pochoir with lithographic inscription on paper
- date created: 1937
- measurements: 31.30 x 24.50 cm
- credit line: Purchased with assistance from the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland, 2002
- copyright: © Succession Miro/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016.
Miró was born in Barcelona and moved to Paris in 1920. His early work combined miniaturist detail with a cubist fragmentation of space. In Paris he abandoned this style and began to paint an imaginary world full of strange, insect-like figures and forms, which seemed to float in space. This fantastic sign language, which was partly inspired by images from the artist's unconscious mind, soon became a hallmark of Surrealist art. Although he spent time away from Spain, Miró remained interested in Catalonian folklore throughout his career.