Opening the Archive 02: Il était une petite pie

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Archive of the Fundació Joan Miró
Curated by
Teresa Muntaner and Elena Escolar

In 1928, Joan Miró received his first commission to illustrate a book, Il était une petite pie. 7 chansons et 3 chansons pour Hyacinthe, a collection of poems with a monorhyme scheme conceived in the manner of children's songs, written by Lise Hirtz.

'Let my work be like a poem set to music by a painter.'

Miró, who received the commission via André Breton and Paul Eluard, illustrated the poems with eight pochoirs, while Georges Auric, to whom the book is dedicated, set five to music. Thanks to this collaborative experience, Miró went beyond the boundaries of painting and came directly into contact with poetry, experimenting with the image and the word.

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Il était une petite pie exhibition. © Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. Photo by Pep Herrero.
First poem of the book Il était une petite pie, 1928, with texts by Lise Hirzt and Joan Miró’s illustrations. Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona.

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