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Image of Joan Miró

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Joan Miró


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2009.0009.0009

Credit Line: Gifted to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts by Mrs. Yousuf Karsh in honor of Museum Director, Mark M. Johnson
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Joan Miró (1893–1983) The Surrealist best known as a painter also worked in sculpture, ceramics, engraving, and lithography. Miró arrived for his portrait session looking dapper but demure, reticent to reveal his personality, but Karsh worked his conversational magic, gradually peeling off Miró’s protective shell. The photographer reported that Miró eventually changed his coat for a paint-splattered sweater and finally donned his comfy old hat, then returned to his seat before the lights and looked up as if to say, “So, you found me out.” That’s when Karsh released the shutter.

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