March Lobby Painting- Hirondelle/Amour

You can see the original of this painting, Hirondelle/Amour

By Joan Miró at

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in Manhattan!


In this painting, entitled Hirondelle/Amour, we see imaginary shapes that look like birds, hands, feet, and heads.  The word hirondelle means swallow and the word amour means love.  Miró uses repeating shapes throughout the piece. The two dominant elements of art are shape and color.  The shapes in this painting are not realistic.  They look like birds and human body parts.  The colors are bright and decorative. The two main principles of design used by the artist are balance and plane.  The painting is balanced by the larger shapes placed at the bottom with the lighter figures at the top.  When the shapes are placed on top of each other, it is impossible to tell which shape is on top and which is on the bottom.

About the Artist

Joan Miró was a Spanish artist born in 1893.  He began painting at the age of 14 and became a professional artist at age 19.  He was influenced by Cubist works of art.  As his art progressed, he began to follow the direction of the Surrealists.  He painted imaginative worlds and figures.  Later in life, Miró became interested in sculpture and ceramics.  He has a famous mural at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.  It is said that his work appeals to the child in all of us.  Miró died at the age of 90.


What shapes or figures do you see in this painting?