Joan Miró, The FarmThe Farm was made by Joan Miró between the summer of 1921 and winter 1922. It is a kind of inventory of the masia which is a traditional catalan farmhouse owned by his family since 1911 in the town of Mont-roig del Camp. Miró himself regarded this work as a key in his career, describing it as "a summary of my entire life in the countryside" and "the summary of one period of my work, but also the point of departure for what was to follow." Ernest Hemingway bought Miró's painting as a birthday present for his first wife, Hadley; after paying off the last installment of the 5,000 francs it cost, he brought The Farm home: "In the open taxi the wind caught the big canvas as though it were a sail, and we made the taxi driver crawl along." Hemingway later said, "No one could look at it and not know it had been painted by a great painter." Now the painting is preserved in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, where it was given in 1987 by Mary Hemingway.
Juan Gris, The Guitar Player[caption id="attachment_1181" align="aligncenter" width="564"] Juan Gris, The Guitar Player, 1926, private collection[/caption]
Juan Gris, The Bullfighter[caption id="attachment_1185" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Juan Gris, The Bull Fighter, 1913, private collection[/caption] In 1931, Hemingway and his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, purchased The Guitar Player (1926) and The Bullfighter (1913), both by their friend Juan Gris. The latter work would be reproduced as the frontispiece for Hemingway’s treatise on bull fighting Death in the Afternoon(1932).
André Masson, The Throw of the Dice[caption id="attachment_1184" align="aligncenter" width="406"] Andre Masson, A Throw of the Dice, 1922, oil on canvas, Essen Museum, Germany.[/caption]
A Throw of the Dice is a Cubist-influenced reference to Stéphane Mallarmé’s Un Coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hazard, and/or Igitur. Throwing of the dice, is the representation of human power, and the “hazard,” which it cannot succeed in mastering. A Throw of the Dice is filled with references to events and personal experiences as well as to acquaintances who gathered in his studio on the rue Blomet. The painting was bought by Ernest Hemingway directly from the artist’s studio. The writer owned couple of Masson's works - five of them are now in John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.
Paul Klee, Monument Under Construction[caption id="attachment_1183" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Ernest Hemingway and Fernando Campoamor (local Cuban journalist) at Finca Vigia. Pictured behind them on the far right is a painting by Paul Klee titled "Monument Under Construction". Source: J.F.K. Library, Boston[/caption] Monument Under Construction (1929) features a barely articulated colossal head with buttonlike turquoise eyes and tiny figures on ladders or scaffolding reaching for the head's eyebrow and lip. Hemingway bought this painting in Berlin.
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