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Own a Piece of Art History with the Holiday Sale

Have you ever been in a museum admiring artwork by a master artist and thought, “What would it be like to own this? How would it look in my living room or study?”

Owning artwork by an old or contemporary master is a privilege and joy that cannot be compared. Collectors can experience this joy for themselves with Park West Gallery’s Holiday Sale, featuring works by some of history’s greatest artists.

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

"Jan Antonides van der Linden, Physician" (1665), Rembrandt van Rijn Park West Gallery

Jan Antonides van der Linden, Physician” (1665), Rembrandt van Rijn. B., Holl. 264; BB. 65-1

Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art. The artistic genius is known for his mastery of painting, printmaking and draftsmanship. During his lifetime, the Dutch artist earned the reputation of being the greatest etcher in history.

Rembrandt’s “Jan Antonides van der Linden, Physician” is the artist’s last-known etching, created four years before his death. The image was intended to be used for the frontispiece (an illustration facing the title page of a book) of an edition of writings by Hippocrates. The publisher rejected it, as they required an engraving instead of an etching.


Francisco Goya (1773-1812)

"Se aprovechan" (They make use of them), (1810-1820), Francisco Goya Park West Gallery

Se aprovechan” (They make use of them), (1810-1820), Francisco Goya. Delteil 135; Harris 136

Goya is classified as the last of the Old Masters – skilled artists who worked in Europe before 1800 – and the first of the modern artists. The Spanish romantic painter and printmaker is considered the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He worked as a court painter for Spanish royalty.

Goya suffered from an unknown disease in 1792 that left him deaf. Following this, his artwork became bleak and dark. This theme carried into his collection of 82 prints, “The Disasters of War.” The collection represents his visualization of, and protests against, the atrocities of war in the early 1800s. “Se aprovechan” (They Make Use of Them) shows one such horror – soldiers stripping the dead of clothing.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

pablo picasso, park west gallery, suite vollard

Faune Devoilant une Femme” by Pablo Picasso.

Picasso is one of the most renowned artists in the world. The Spanish artist is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, having co-founded important movements like Cubism and also the medium of collage, and contributing to the development of mediums such as painting, sculpting and printmaking.

Faune Devoilant une Femme” (The Faun Unveiling a Woman) is part of the Vollard Suite, a collection of 100 etchings by Picasso. This etching is the largest and one of the most celebrated of the Vollard works. The imagery is based on Rembrandt’s etching, “Jupiter and Antiope,” which was inspired by the myth about the Roman god Jupiter’s seduction of a princess. The artwork is said to be Picasso’s acknowledgement of the end of his passionate relationship with Marie-Thérèse Walter.


Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

Chagall, Marc (after) Femme de Cirque 1960 Park West Gallery

Femme de Cirque” (1960), Marc Chagall (after)

Chagall created artwork in nearly every format, and is a pioneer of modern art who revolutionized the medium of lithography. The Russian-French artist is counted as one of the most significant Jewish artists of the 20th century.

Park West Gallery’s Holiday Sale features a colorful Chagall lithograph titled “Femme de Cirque” (Circus Woman). Chagall once wrote: “Circus! A magical word, a centuries old entertainment parading before us, in which a tear, a smile, a gesture of arm or leg takes on the quality of great art.” This artwork depicts that sentiment by featuring a female acrobat holding her balance atop a bucking goat.

Celui qui dit les choses sans rien dire (Those who say things without saying) 1975-76 Cr. 99 Marc Chagall Park West Gallery

Celui qui dit les choses sans rien dire” (Those who say things without saying), (1975-76), Marc Chagall. Cr. 99

The second work is an etching, titled, “Celui qui dit les choses sans rien dire” (Those who say things without saying), originating from Chagall’s suite of 25 images that visualize the words of French poet Louis Aragon, a founding member of the Surrealist movement.


Joan Miró (1893-1983)

"Ronde Nuit" (Night Watch), (1970), Joan Miro. M. 672; C. books 134 Park West Gallery

Ronde Nuit” (Night Watch), (1970), Joan Miro. M. 672; C. books 134

Andre Breton, a founder of Surrealism, called Miró “the most Surrealist of us all.” Miró earned international acclaim for his re-creation of the childlike mindset in his art. The Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist developed his style based on Catalan folk art, using organic forms, flattened planes and sharp lines.

The above color lithograph, “Ronde Nuit” (Night Watch), is taken from a catalog for an exposition of Miró sculptures. The artwork may be referencing Rembrandt’s famous painting, “The Night Watch.” With its abstract forms, one can find multiple interpretations of “Rone Nuit.” For example, the black and red shape on the right could be a night watchman armed with a crossbow.


Marcel Mouly (1918-2008)

Mouly, Marcel Le Compotier Rouge 1978 Park West Gallery

Le Compotier Rouge” (1978), Marcel Mouly

The boldly-colored, semi-abstract art of French artist Mouly is found in the permanent collections of over 20 museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. He studied with masters of modern art, including Picasso and Chagall, earning a reputation as one of the most important artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Park West Gallery offers the chance to own a unique oil painting by Mouly, “Le Compotier Rouge” (translated literally to be “The Red Fruit Dish”). When examining the painting, it is apparent Mouly was deeply influenced by Picasso’s Cubism and Henri Matisse’s Fauvism. Mouly’s connection to the leaders of modern art is even more apparent when one discovers that his art was shown alongside art by Matisse in Paris in 1945.

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Happy 118th Birthday Joan Miro [Video]

“You can look at a painting for a whole week and then never think about it again. You can also look at a painting for a second and think about it for the rest of your life.” —JOAN MIRO (April 20, 1893 – December 25, 1983)

Today marks the 118th birthday of Catalan artist Joan Miro, a man viewed by the art world and collectors as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, and the precursor for much of modern art.

(For an interactive timeline of the artist’s life and work, visit the Park West Gallery Joan Miro website »)

Joan Miro, Park West Gallery Collection

Now on view through September 11, Miro at Tate Modern is London’s first major retrospective of the artist’s works in nearly 50 years. Renowned as one of the greatest Surrealist painters, filling his paintings with luxuriant colour, Miró worked in a rich variety of styles. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy more than 150 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints from moments across the six decades of his extraordinary career.

In the following video clip from Tate Modern, you’ll see vintage footage of Miro at work, go behind the scenes at his home and studio, and hear what scholars have to say about one of history’s greatest artists.

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The Joan Miro fine art collection is available at Park West Gallery cruise art auctions and through our gallery in Southfield, Michigan. Learn more about the artist and see examples of his work at

Park West Gallery Launches Joan Miro Website

Park West Gallery Joan Miro Website

Park West Gallery is proud to announce the launch of its latest master artist website, which is dedicated to Joan Miro! A surrealist master, Joan Miro is viewed by many as one of the most innovative and influential artists of the 20th Century.

The active and archived Park West Gallery Miro Collection includes more than 1000 works. These include intaglio graphic works, lithographs, drawings, and works created “after” Miro paintings in lithography and pochoir (an early form of stencil printing) under the artist’s supervision and control.

“Miro’s artistic legacy is huge,” comments Morris Shapiro, Park West Gallery’s Director. “Although he was one of the least understood masters of modern art during his lifetime and still even today, his work has influenced countless artists. He was the driving force behind visual surrealism and worked tirelessly creating one of the greatest collections of graphic works in history. We at Park West are delighted to now share our extraordinary collection with visitors to our new Miro website.”

Art enthusiasts can view multiple galleries of Joan Miro graphic works while learning about the motivation behind the works on the Park West Joan Miro website. Also featured on the site is a thorough biography highlighting both personal and artistic milestones in Miro’s life.

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In a Studio like a Garden, Art Grows like Flora and Miro is the Gardener

“I think of my studio as a vegetable garden. Here, there are artichokes. Over there, potatoes. The leaves have to be cut so the vegetables can grow. At a certain moment, you must prune. I work like a gardener or a wine grower.” Joan Miró, 1959

Joan Miro, Park West GalleryLeft to Right: Joan Miró’s “Personage” (1967) and “The Caress of a Bird” (1967). [Credit: Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, Saint-Paul.]

COPENHAGEN — It has been said that artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) regarded everything in the universe as alive and as part of a great interconnected totality. An innovative master of surrealism, Miró also saw himself as a gardener, his studio as a kitchen garden and his artworks as plants that he cultivated to grow under his expert care.

When in 1956 he got the large studio space he had always dreamed of, Miró was finally free to express himself as he wished. The artist gathered gardening and natural materials like worn-out tools, branches and stones. He would cast in bronze or paint in bright primary colors the found objects, and later incorporate them into his abstract sculptures.

Through May 30, the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art is celebrating the artist’s connection to nature with a new exhibit, Miró – I Work Like a Gardener. The exhibit features 111 sculptures, paintings and works on paper as well as works in textile and ceramics created by the world-famous artist in his studio on Majorca

According to the museum website:

Miró transformed the objects and their meaning. The straw hat of a donkey becomes the face of a sculpture. An old butcher’s block forms the legs of a curious character. An ironing-board or a toilet seat is viewed as the belly of a strange creature. When we look at the sculpture we can break it down into individual components or see it as a whole, as a creature of the imagination. Like Miró we can both see the thing’s original function and open our minds to other meanings and possibilities.

The sculptures underscore Miró’s fundamental belief in a living, dynamic world full of possibilities. The late sculptures contribute to a new understanding of Miró’s painting, which is also dynamic and eternally mutable. A dot in a painting by Miró can be understood in turn as an abstract dot, as a remote planet or as the eye of a possible creature looking back at you. Everything comes alive in Miró’s universe.

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A New Approach to Joan Miró

Joan Miro, Park West GalleryFigures on Red Background (1939) by Joan Miró. Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. On loan from Emili Fernández Miró. © Successió Miró.

BARCELONA — If you’re planning a trip to Spain in the near future, be sure to add The Joan Miró Foundation to your sightseeing list. Donated by the artist’s family, the Foundation recently acquired seventeen new original Joan Miró works on paper which have all been added to its permanent displays. Over the years, paper was the material that Joan Miró used most often, working with all kinds, from sandpaper and cardboard to newspaper and other printed materials. His artistic output in this medium was innovative and daring (see for yourself by visiting the Park West Gallery Joan Miró Collection online).

Since 1975, the Miró Foundation has been a public center for contemporary art and today it holds the largest collection of the artist’s work. In addition to acquiring new works on paper, the museum’s permanent collection has also been remodeled, courtesy of generous funding by the Catalan Government. New displays, a state-of-the art lighting system and screening room are among the upgrades – all are designed to enhance the visitor’s experience by putting Miró’s work into historical context and providing a more in-depth insight into the artist’s career.

In conjunction with the new installation, entry to the Fundació Joan Miró will be free every Thursday, starting February 18 through March 25, from 5 – 9pm.

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Hundreds of Joan Miró’s Letters Published for the First Time

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These letters enable us to follow the course of Miró’s life from his early years as an artist, his departure for Paris, the strategies of the 1920s, the splendor of the 1930s, the cultural wilderness of the Franco years, and the desire to start again with renewed energy after the end of the Second World War. Photo: EFE/ Andreu Dalmau.

BARCELONA — The Joan Miró Foundation, in conjunction with the Fundació Lluís Carulla and Editorial Barcino, are launching the first volume of the Epistolari Català de Joan Miró (Joan Miró’s Catalan Letters). This volume contains over one thousand letters and postcards – most of them hitherto unpublished – sent to more than a hundred people connected with Miró: relatives, friends from his youth, art critics, artists, gallery owners, journalists, etc.

Some of his correspondents are of particular importance, either for the volume of their correspondence with Miró, the length of time it lasted, or the intensity of the issues discussed. Of particular interest in this respect are the exchanges of opinions with figures such as Josep Francesc Ràfols and Enric Cristòfol Ricart, two friends from his younger days to whom Miró confided his tastes in art; Josep Dalmau, the first gallery owner who backed him in Barcelona and in Paris; Sebastià Gasch, his spokesman and critic in Barcelona; the poet J.V. Foix, who from the pages of La Publicitat in the 1930s informed readers of what Miró was doing; Joan Prats, his indefatigable friend and counsellor; Joaquim Gomis, another staunch friend and the author of some memorable photographs of the artist; Josep Llorens Artigas, a long-standing friend and collaborator; and Josep Lluís Sert, the great architect, with whom Miró cooperated on the designs for the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, his own studio in Majorca and the Joan Miró Foundation building in Barcelona.

This volume of letters would not have seen the light of day without Miró’s own special sensitivity for documentary resources. As well as being an artist, he acted as archivist, librarian and documentalist, and kept practically everything related to his creative work. In the same way as he preserved the vast collection of sketches, preparatory drawings, notes, studies, etc. that he eventually donated to the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, he also kept the letters he received. And perhaps of even greater interest, he soon became aware of the value of the letters that he himself had written, an indication of his intuition of the role that awaited him in the history of art.

These letters enable us to follow the course of Miró’s life from his early years as an artist, his departure for Paris, the strategies of the 1920s, the splendor of the 1930s, the cultural wilderness of the Franco years, and the desire to start again with renewed energy after the end of the Second World War. They show the private side of the artist, a man dedicated body and soul to his art, with deeply rooted ethical, aesthetic and political convictions. They are essential reading for any study of his life and work.



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Mirό of Majorca

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Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca Foundation

THESSALONIKI, GREECE — The Teloglion Foundation and the Foundation Pilar i Joan Mirό of Majorca present one of the artist’s greatest exhibitions in Greece, Mirό of Majorca. The exhibit includes a significant number of Joan Mirό’s works and documents (over 400) of all themes including: painting, sculpture, etching, drawings, sketches for sculptures or public art, for sobreteixisms, for ballet, for music, material for King Ubu of Jarry (of special importance to Mirό). The scale model of the Sert workshop – along with documents, notes, furniture, objects, etc. – convey the atmosphere, the internal aspect of his way of thinking.

The works date back to 1908 (his only salvaged early landscape painting) until his death in 1983. However, the exhibition mainly presents mature Mirό in Majorca and the works he created in the workshop designed by his architect friend Josep Lluis Sert in 1956. This workshop is a landmark in Mirό’s work, because it is in this workshop that he reviewed his up to then course and decided to make a new beginning.

This is about a period of endless independence and search. Having drawn experience in America, and being acquainted with the painters of the ‘Action painting’, he now lives within the atmosphere of European ‘Αrt Informel’. He is influenced by the prehistoric caverns’ painting, the art of the Far East, the Catalan folk tradition, his country’s own tradition, and the twelve-note music. His eagerness to enter new fields is evident in his own artistic technique – stains, spatters, streams, graphics, tinctures, cracks, sutures, nails, ropes, use of random elements, of violent gestures, persistent deepening in the expressiveness of materials. His themes include bioform surreal symbol figures, the woman, the birds, landscapes, the realm of the sky, the sun, the moon, the constellations.

Mirό of Majorca is currently on view through February 5, 2010.

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90 Years of Vogue Covers on the Champs Elysees

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Joan Miro, Vogue Covers, Champs ElyseesPARIS, FRANCE — French Vogue is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a retrospective entitled Vogue Covers. The exhibit includes 122 poster-sized images displayed on the famous Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Dating from 1920 to 2009, the covers are the works of photographers and artists such as Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Man Ray, David Hockney and Joan Miró.

A special book is being published to commemorate the event and will be available for purchase at

Vogue Covers is currently on display through November 1, 2009.

90 Years of Vogue Covers, Champs Elysee, Paris


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