With a blue background and a dreamlike figure in yellow, red and black, the canvas is part of Miró’s fully surrealist period, two years after the publication of the first “Surrealist Manifesto” published by the poet André Breton.
“There is no longer a painting by Miró from 1926 on the market,” explained the expert Irénée Brun, quoted by the statement.
The untitled canvas belonged to the Belime family, a couple of collectors (Lucie and Jean) who for decades built up a rich collection of works, completely private, which they kept in the family home.
After the death of Bernadette Belime, wife of the last descendant of the family saga, the collection has been put up for sale, Artcento detailed.
Not even the Successió Miró, an association founded by the artist’s heirs to manage the rights to his works, had this painting registered in its online catalogue.
The auction, held on Tuesday at the Drouot auction house, also sold two hitherto unknown canvases by French artist Fernand Léger.