Photo: "Femmes et oiseaux" by Joan Miro
Christie’s put on display 85 pieces by Joan Miro (1893-1983) ahead of an auction in London next month devoted to the Spanish surrealist.
The works making up the collection, Miro - Seven Decades of His Art, will be offered in three separate sales Feb. 4-5 at Christie’s London.
Together, the Miro pieces are expected to fetch as much as $49.2 million.
The best known of the works, “Femmes et oiseaux” (Women and Birds), which Miro painted in 1968, carries an estimated value of $6.5 million to $11.4 million.
That piece, which has been exhibited in Barcelona and Saint-Paul de Vence, France, evokes Miro’s fascination with East Asian calligraphy.
“The numerous works at different prices that will be offered are an opportunity for collectors,” Olivier Camu, of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art department, told Efe, pointing to “exponential growth” in global demand for surrealist art.