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Painting (Circus Horse), 1927

Joan Miró, Spanish, b. Barcelona, 1893–1983

Oil and pencil on burlap, 76 3/4 x 110 3/8 in. (195 x 280.2 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1972

Accession Number: 72.202

Provenance:
Mr. Decagne, Belgium
[Galerie Europe, Brussels]
Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne, Switzerland, 1958-August 1960 (acquired through Galerie Europe)*
Philippe Dotremont, Brussels, August 1960-April 1965 (Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, sale 2345, 14 April 1965, no. 18, colorpl.)
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, 14 April 1965-10 June 1968
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 10 June 1968-1972
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1972
*Information from Angela Rosengart, telefax to J. Zilczer at HMSG, 27 August 2002

Exhibition History:
KUNSTHALLE DUSSELDORF. "Aktuelle Kunst: Bilder und Plastiken aus der Sammlung Dotremont," 3 March-9 April 1961, no. 51, colorplate (as Le Cirque).
KUNSTHALLE BASEL. "Malerie seit 1945 aus der Sammlung Dotremont," 22 April-28 May 1961, no. 45.
MUSEE NATIONAL D'ART MODERNE, Paris. "Joan Miró," June-November 1962, no. 45.
TATE GALLERY, London. "Joan Miró," 27 August-11 October 1964, no. 67, pl. 14a. TOUR: KUNSTHAUS ZURICH, 31 October-6 December.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Dada, Surrealism, and Their Heritage," 27 March-9 June 1968, no. 232. TOUR: LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, 16 July-8 September; ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, 19 October-8 December.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Joan Miró: Magnetic Fields," 26 October 1972-14 January 1973, no. 34, pp. 37, 124, ill.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 Septetember 1975, no. 399.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Joan Miró: Selected Paintings," 20 March-8 June 1980, no. 17, ill. TOUR: ALBRIGHT-KNOX GALLERY, Buffalo, New York, 27 June-17 August.
KUNSTHAUS ZURICH. "Joan Miró: A Retrospective," 21 November 1986-1 February 1987, no. 54, ill. TOUR: STADTISCHE KUNSTHALLE DUSSELDORF, 14 February-20 April; SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York, 15 May-23 August 23.
FONDATION MAEGHT, Saint-Paul, France. "Joan Miró: Rétrospective de l'oeuvre peint," 4 July-7 October 1990, no. 32, pp. 76-77, ill.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York (organizer). "Joan Miró." TOUR: CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFIA, Madrid, 19 January-22 March 1993, no. 18, p. 150, ill. p. 75; FUNDACION JOAN MIRO, Barcelona, 20 April-5 September; MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, 13 October-18 January 1994.
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, Paris. "La Révolution surréaliste," 27 February-24 June 2002.
SETAGAWA ART MUSEUM, Tokyo. "Joan Miró 1918-1945," 27 July-23 September 2002. TOUR: AICHI PREFECTURAL MUSEUM, Nagoya, 4 October-1 December.
FONDATION BEYLER, Basel, Switzerland. "Calder/Miró," 2 May-5 September 2004. TOUR: PHILLIPS COLLECTION, Washington, DC, 9 October-23 January 2005.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York," 29 October 2015-15 February 2016, fig. 20, color ill. p. 31; p. 186.

Published References:
[See Curatorial Remarks by V. Fletcher]
GASCH, SEBASTIA. "Joan Miro," Cahiers de Belgique 2 no. 6 (Brussels, 1929), ill. p. 204 (as "Peinture," 1927, no collection given).
LAWDER, S.D. "Exhibitions in Germany," Pictures on Exhibit 24 (April 1961), p. 64.
NETTER, MARIA. "Ausstellungen: Basel, Moderne Malerie seit 1945, Sammlung Dotremont," Werk 48 (June 1961), p. 135 (as Cirque).
FRIGERIO, SIMONE. "Les expositions a l'etranger: Bale; La Collection Dotremont," Aujourd'hui 6 (July 1961), p. 55 (as Cirque).
DUPIN, JACQUES. Joan Miro: Life and Work (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1962), no. 206, ill. p. 517.
BARO, GENE. "Miro: A Leap in the Air," Arts Magazine 39 (October 1964), p. 41.
PARKE-BERNET GALLERIES, New York. Art News 64 (March 1965), p. 26 (advertisement).
PARKE-BERNET GALLERIES, New York. Art International 9 (March 1965), back cover (advertisement).
PARKE-BERNET GALLERIES, New York. Apollo 81 (March 1965), ill. p. ciii (advertisement).
PARKE-BERNET GALLERIES, New York. Arts Magazine 39 (March 1965), p. 11.
UNSIGNED. "Mercato d'Arte," La Medusa 51 (June 1965), n.p. (back page).
NEUGASS, FRITZ. "Top Quality Brings Record Prices," Art Voices 4 (Summer 1965), p. 20.
UNSIGNED. "Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 1968 Annual Report," Smithsonian Year 1968 (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1969), p. 222.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), p. 723, colorpl. pp. 286-87.
HUDSON, ANDREW. "Washington Letter," Art International 19 (15 June 1975), p. 100.
ROWELL, MARGIT. Joan Miro: Peinture=Poesie (Paris: Editions de la difference, 1976), ill. p. 56.
BURNETT, DAVID. "The Poetics of the Paintings of Miro," Arts Canada 238/239 (December 1980 / January 1981), pp. 10, 11, ill.
WEIL, ERIC. "A Horse at the Hirshhorn," The American Scholar (Phi Beta Kappa publication) (Summer 1981), p. 354.
PARK, EDWARDS. Treasures from the Smithsonian (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1983), ill.
ROSENFELD, LUCY DAVIDSON. What's in a Painting (Portland, Maine: J. Weston Walch, 1986), p. 58, pl. 76.
UNSIGNED. "Miro," Bulletin of the Philadelphia Museum of Art 85 (Fall 1987), p. 15.
DOEPEL, R.T. "Miro's Circus Horse (Hirshhorn collection)," South African Journal of Culture and Art History 2 no. 2 (1988), pp. 135-141, ill. p. 136.
GASSNER, HUBERTUS. Joan Miró : der magische Gärtner (Köln: DuMont, 1994), no. 57, ill. p. 220.
MCALLISTER, JANE, ed. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 150 Works of Art (Washington DC: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in association with Harry N. Abrams, 1996), ill.
CHRISTIE'S. Fine and Decorative Arts: The Maurice & Margo Cohen Collection (New York: Sale catalogue, 13 & 14 May 1999), fig. 4, p. 49.
SOTHEBY'S. Impressionist & Modern Art, Part One (New York: sale catalogue, 9 November 2000), fig. 2, p. 150.
SOTHEBY'S. Impressionist & Modern Art, Part One (New York: sale catalogue, 10 May 2001), fig. 2, p. 104.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Surrealism (European)