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Plain British woman found a solution to a multi-million picture of Miro

An ordinary reader of the Telegraph newspaper revealed a riddle that puzzled the experts of the auction house, which put up for sale the picture of the Spanish Woman of the Night surrealist Joan Miro. The canvas received a preliminary estimate of $ 18 million.Two weeks ago, the Telegraph - one of the most popular daily newspapers in the UK - published the news that the Phillips auction house was entrusted with the sale of a valuable painting by Joan Miro. The publication printed an image of the canvas and asked a number of questions to its reader: why, for example, is the night white and what is this curved line in the sky?Woman in the nightHoan (Joan) Miro1945Expert Phillips - the third largest art auction house in the world - consulted with the former curator of the museum in America and looked at all the available books about the artist. He suggested that it was the smoke from the downed aircraft. The Woman in the Night is a series of 14 paintings painted on a white background in the final stages of the Second World War. Black circles, according to the expert, symbolize the falling bombs.
However, 82-year-old Barbara Whitaker from Buckinghamshire, having carefully studied the reproduction in the newspaper, found another answer. "I absolutely do not know how to draw," the woman wrote to the editor, "but I think that this curved line above is his name." She attached her own drawing to the letter, in which the spelling of “Miro” is visible.Barbara Whitaker's letter with the pictogram Miro. Photo: TelegraphEy theory seemed so believable to journalists that they sent a letter to Phillips and got an answer. It turned out that the insight of Mrs. Whitaker helped solve the riddle not only of "Women in the night." Experts, having examined all fourteen canvases from the “white” series, to their amazement found similar inscriptions made by the artist. Miro often used pictograms or ideograms in his paintings, which could convey more than one meaning or message.Joan Miro, Barcelona VII (1944). A curved line with knots in the upper right corner of the picture - is it an inscription or just a fancy pattern? By calling the reader, the newspaper employees found out that although she was not an art historian, she loved Miro's works. The woman visited the Artist's Foundation in Barcelona and acquired several books about him, including one where readers are invited to place different symbols around the reproductions of Miro's paintings in accordance with the image. She bought this edition for her grandchildren.

Joan Miro, "Painting (Blue Star)" (1927). Private collection
Now Phillips experts have decided to study further how Miro used pictograms to add at least one more paragraph to his pre-sale catalog.
So far, no one can say for sure whether this discovery will add value to the picture, but experts emphasize that the credit belongs entirely to the reader. The painting "Woman in the Night" will be sold at auction in New York on November 15, 2018.

See also: The mystery of the "Gardener" Van Gogh is solvedWoman and BirdHoan (Joan) Miro1940, 38 × 46 cm Recall, in June 2017, Joan Miro's The Woman and the Bird (1940) was sold at Sotheby's for £ 24.6 million, setting a record for the artist in this currency. And the most expensive piece of surrealist ever put up for open bidding is the abstraction “Painting (Blue Star)”. In June 2012, a private collector laid out for her $ 36.9 million. Art: read us in the Telegram and see on Instagram
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