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The Spanish painter Joan Miró (1893-1983) has paid a visit to the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum in May 1928. During this visit he acquired some postcards with reproductions of Hendrick Sorgh and Jan Steen. These 17th century works have subsequently served as the basis for three of his modernistic works. The original realistic pictures of common life have been transformed by Miró into surrealistic pictures. It’s as if by the artist the spectator is given a glimpse behind the scenes of the visible of the Golden Age. Of course can the works of Sorgh and Steen be interpreted in the same way, are their used symbols also references to an underlying story, however in these originals it concerns an everyday scene that’s polysemic. For the works of Miró there’s hardly no other option then that of a different reality, probable the inside of the characters and their surroundings, that’s being presented. The imagination is taking over, as well concerning the form as the content. It’s not without reason that Miró has given these works the title Dutch interior (I, II, III). What’s becoming visible is not the physical interior of the Dutch resident, but the mental, the inner world of fears and desires…
Hendrick Sorgh, The lute player, 1661. Joan Miró, Dutch interior (I), 1928.
Joan Miró, Dutch interior (I), 1928.
Hendrick Sorgh, The lute player, 1661.
Miró & Jan Steen. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. 17 June – 13 September 2010.