Joan Miro for D.B. Fuller & Co, mid 1950s
Modernists abstracted nature by eliminating all but the basic shapes needed to communicate "tree" or "flower." Joan Miro was one who abstracted human figures to the basics.
Joan Miro, Harlequin's Carnival, painting, 1925
Surrealists looking to capture the subconscious often created a dream-like chaos peopled by frightening (or are they charming?) figures.
Detail of Woman & Birds print by Miro for Fuller
In the mid-fifties, D.B. Fuller and Company, a U.S. fabric printer, commissioned prints by well known European artists. Known for his figural abstractions, Miro included people among the wire-like lines, and playful shapes in primary colors.
Cartoonish and unsettling
Life magazine did an article on Fuller's Modern Master series in 1955.
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