Le Coq by Joan Miro
Le Coqis a 1940 painting by much-coveted Spanish artist Joan Miro. It sold for £6.6m in June 2007. Joan Miro
Miro (1893 – 1983) was a Barcelona-born artist.
After abandoning a business career, he won favour as a surrealist in the 1920s and came to global prominence in the subsequent decades for his colourful and complex compositions.
He left Spain for France in 1936 to avoid the civil war, returning in 1941 as the Germans took control of France.
Miro produced Le Coq in February 1940 in Varengeville-sur-Mer, a village in Normandy, France, during the first months of the second world war.
The gouache, pencil and watercolour on paper is a vibrant depiction of a cockerel crowing.
Signed and dated twice by the artist, once upon completion in February 1940, and again in March 1949 when he gave it as a gift to his old friend André Tériade.
Sale history of Le Coq
Le Coq sold for £6.6m at Christie’s London in June 2007, against a pre-sale high-end estimate of £4.5m.
It had previously sold at Christie’s for £1.7m in June 2003, when it was put up for auction by Tériade's wife Alice.