Joan Miró. Le chat blanc (or The cat’s whiskers), (1927).

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Tremaine Collection / Miller Co. art & design
15 March 2019 | Updated 9 October 2019

Joan Miró
Le chat blanc, (c. 1927)
Oil on canvas
59 1/2 x 46 1/2 in. (151.1 x 118.1 cm)
Acquired 1944 from Valentine Dudensing Gallery
(AAA00419; L01103; L01342-49)


The following is an excerpt from: Christie’s New York. (1991). Important Modern paintings from the Tremaine Collection, (5 November 1991). (Introduction by Tracy Atkinson, Curator of the Tremaine Collection; Director Emeritus, Wadsworth Atheneum), (p. 46).

"Miró painted this whimsical and energetic painting in 1927, shortly after he moved to Montmarte, where he worked alongside the ardent surrealists Max Ernst, René Magritte, Jean Arp, and the poet Paul Eluard. Miró had joined the Surrealist group in 1924 and had participated in the first Surrealist group exhibition at the Galerie Pierre in 1925, by which time his work was beginning to elicit excited response and widespread praise."

The current location of Joan Miró’s Le chat blanc is unknown. Click to see a photo of the artwork (Emily Hall Tremaine biography, fourth photo page after p. 120, direct to pdf).

To learn more about Joan Miró’s Le chat blanc since 1947, click the link(s) to article and exhibition compilations with documentation below.

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