Joan Miró 'Poem Painting' brings $26.7m World Record price at Christie's



2015-06-26 12:44:56

Joan Mir 'Poem Painting' brings $26.7m World Record price at Christie's

Painter Joan Mir influenced Picasso - now one of his important 'Poem Paintings' has sold at auction

These are good times for collectors who love the art of Joan Mir. A work by the Spanish painter has sold for a record 16.8m ($26,675,500) price at Christie's.

Mir's canvas dates to 1925 and is entitled Painting Poem (le corps de ma brune). It auctioned with a relatively low presale estimate of just 9m.

Christie's described the piece as "part lyrical free-form painting and part hand-written stream-of-conscious poetry."

The work was sold from a private New York art collection.

Painting Poem (le corps de ma brune)410.jpg Painting Poem (le corps de ma brune)

Collectors and experts regard the Poem Paintings as being among Mir's most important works. They were also influential, inspiring Pablo Picasso among other artists.

Mir's techniques developed for the Poem Paintings were used throughout the remainder of his career.

Joan Mir's previous auction record price was for La caresse des etoiles, when it sold for $17m in 2008.

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