Dwight Ripley papers relating to Joan Miró

Collection ID:
Ripley, Dwight
[ca. 1945]-1961
Multiple languages
Poem is in Catalan.
Physical Description:
1 Page
Poem: 1 p.
1 Drawing
crayon, watercolor and pen and ink, col.
image and text 18 x 27 cm.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An abstract self-portrait by Miró, drawn in colored chalk on Hotel Gladstone [New York] stationery, with a note to Ripley signed and dated by Miró November 21, 1961. The drawing was framed by Ripley, and on the reverse he enclosed a sonnet (in Catalan), "En regardent 'Le Lever du Soleil' de Joan Miró," which Ripley composed in honor of Miro's first visit to New York in the 1940s. [Frame removed; poem separated from sketch for preservation purposes.]

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Ripley, an art patron, poet, painter, and botanist, NYC, was a friend to many artists in New York. Miro was a painter; b. 1893 in Barcelona, Spain.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1975 by S. Dillon Ripley, Dwight Ripley's cousin and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, who came upon the sketch while going through Ripley's papers after his death.

Using the Collection
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Miró, Joan, 1893- -- Self-portraits Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Miró, Joan, 1893- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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